Poderi Colla

The Story

It is only a matter of time before the world comes to fully embrace the magnitude and relevance of the Colla family in the cultural and historical fabric of the Langhe, as they’ve truly helped set the stage for today’s more lifted and elegant expression of Barolo and Barbaresco.

It’s difficult to write about Poderi Colla, only in that I fear that I might no do their story justice. The Colla family is one of the most important wine growing families in our entire roster of more than one hundred growers that we are privileged to represent. Not enough wine drinkers in the world, let alone in Italy, really know the Colla’s wines and their deep-rooted family history as tastemakers in the Langhe’s famous Barolo and Barbaresco wine regions.

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Lay of the Land

Piedmont is home to some of the most famous wines in all of Italy. And within the Langhe sub-zone we find the king and queen of the Nebbiolo grape, Barolo and Barbaresco. These two special appellations, separated by a flat valley and the cultural and historical center of the region, Alba, have more similarities than differences. They share the same grape varieties, the same variable aspects on gentle to very steep hillsides with all hill faces planted to grapes, and the same geological heritage of white, gray and beige calcareous soils with a varying mix of sand, silt and clay. The differences, at least to most of us, are more easily found in the unique styling of the wines from each cantina.

We will begin with Barbaresco. This appellation is divided between three communes, Barbaresco, Neive and Treiso, and the climate and soil structures are relatively uniform from a global standpoint. This creates a consistent quality between the wines whose terroir distinctions are sometimes difficult to navigate, even for skilled tasters. One only has to taste the lineup of nearly every cru Barbaresco in the appellation from the local and famous producer, Produttori del Barbaresco, within the same setting and vintage to see that under the one’s winemaking hand the differences, especially in younger wines, can be quite subtle. There are indeed differences worthy of exploration, but as already mentioned, it might be more suitable to focus on producers that match one’s preferences, rather than seeking out specific appellations and crus.

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Poderi Colla Nebbiolo de Alba

Poderi Colla - 2011 Nebbiolo d’Alba

Price: $33.00
Size: 750ml
Availability: 

3 in stock

Type of Wine: Red
Style: Mineral, Elegant and Aromatic

The Wine

This is no ordinary Nebbiolo d’Alba. It sits on a hillside just across the road from Barbaresco vineyards on nearly the same dirt: sandy limestone marls. This estate in Colla’s stable of three estates, known as Drago, has a quiet, legendary history; so much so that it inspired Bepe Colla, one of Barolo and Barbaresco’s legendary vignoli, to bet on it and make it the family cantina’s home base. The Collas stop at nothing short of treating it with the same reverence in the cellar as they do their Bussia Barolo and Roncaglie Barbaresco. It’s made just the same (in large, old wooden botte) and aged for the same requirement as a Barbaresco—two years before bottling with more than nine months in wood; in this case, the wine is aged for a full year in wood. This is serious juice, and if you want to keep your budget straight and drink special wines on a regular basis at good prices, it’s a must.

About The Wine

This is no ordinary Nebbiolo d’Alba. It sits on a hillside just across the road from Barbaresco vineyards on nearly the same dirt: sandy limestone marls. This estate in Colla’s stable of three estates, known as Drago, has a quiet, legendary history; so much so that it inspired Bepe Colla, one of Barolo and Barbaresco’s legendary vignoli, to bet on it and make it the family cantina’s home base. The Collas stop at nothing short of treating it with the same reverence in the cellar as they do their Bussia Barolo and Roncaglie Barbaresco. It’s made just the same (in large, old wooden botte) and aged for the same requirement as a Barbaresco—two years before bottling with more than nine months in wood; in this case, the wine is aged for a full year in wood. This is serious juice, and if you want to keep your budget straight and drink special wines on a regular basis at good prices, it’s a must.