‘Ai Suma’ is a Piedmontese dialectal expression and means ‘Here we are’. An exclamation that Giacomo made whenever he drank a great bottle of wine or the production of a wine succeeded especially. This name has been given to the top wine of the Braida line-up by the children of Giacomo in memory to their father. The ‘Ai Suma ‘ is only produced in the best vintages as it is made of very late-harvested grapes that need good weather conditions to mature on the vines.
In 1989, Giacomo Bologna travelled to Georgia together with the wine writer and friend Luigi Veronelli to research on the origin of the vine. The quality of the wines offered was mostly disappointing but Giacomo made great friendships, to the point that he decided to invite the Georgian delegation to Italy during the harvest to exchange their knowledge. Hitting upon problems during their travel to Italy, his guests delayed for 2 weeks. Giacomo who decided already in advance to vinify one particular vineyard separately, decided to wait for the arrival of his Georgian friends to show them how the harvest was organized. Supported by good weather conditions in 1989 the vintage was extraordinary and his late-harvested grapes dried. The resulting wine was fruit-forward, rich and concentrated. A new wine was born.
Unquestionably one of the most massive Barberas ever made, the blockbuster 1997 Ai Suma (800 cases) reveals off the chart density as well as a terrific bouquet of smoke, blackberries, cherry liqueur, licorice, and violets. Exquisite richness and amazing harmony for such a gargantuan wine, full-bodied. This is a very impressive Barbera!