Nebbiolo d'Alba DOC - Cascine Drago
Price per bottle 0,75l
In 1993, Tino Colla and his niece, Federica, decided to join forces and create a new wine venture in the setting of the Langhe Albesi, driven by their attachment to their roots – those of a family that had been wine growers for generations – and by the desire to build something all their own while at the same time abiding by tradition. Poderi Colla comprises the following properties: Cascine Drago in Alba; Tenuta Roncaglia di Barbaresco and the Dardi Le Rose estate in Monforte. Three properties occupying outstanding sites, each specialising in growing different types of wine and covering a near-complete spectrum of Alba winemaking. Beppe Colla, Federica’s father and Tino’s brother, makes a fundamental contribution: over 60 years (his first harvest was back in 1949) of unique, impassioned, top-level experience in the production of Alba’s fine reds.Tino’s eldest son, Pietro, has been playing an active role on the Colla team since 2007; he was born in 1980 and has followed in the family’s footsteps by attending the Alba Winemaking School and graduating in oenology at Turin University in 2006. All the wine - around 150,000 bottles yearly - is made from grapes grown on the estate, thus ensuring greater direct control at every step in the process, from vineyard cultivation to winemaking, maturing and bottling.
A total of 25 hectares, 12 of which under vine, on the hill named “Bricco del Drago” (Dragon’s Jug), 7 kilometres from Alba, in San Rocco Seno d’Elvio. The vineyards here form a magnificent natural backdrop to the farmhouses, which house the Poderi Colla offices, the winemaking and ageing cellars and the Degiacomi Museum. Over the years, Dr Luciano Degiacomi, the estate’s previous owner, a meticulous, diligent preserver of our local history, traditions and customs, created nothing short of a “farming museum” displaying equipment that has long vanished from the scene, tools used in vineyard and cellar, and in day-to-day country life as well, from kitchen to byre. The collection, which bears his name, comprises rare and interesting pieces that bear witness to the arduous job performed by the farm workers on our local hills.
Wine FeaturesWinery: Poderi Colla
Grapes Used: 100% Nebbiolo
Style: A wine of character for the whole meal, it is most at home with pasta dishes dressed with meat sauces and with meat-based main dishes. A few years in the bottle will provide this wine with outstanding complexity.
Vinification: Hand-picked, the grapes are immediately destalked and soft-crushed; maceration on the skins ensues for 10/12 days, at a maximum temperature of 28/30° C., followed by malolactic fermentation, which is completed before winter.
Ageing: Elevage in Slavonian oak casks lasts about 12 months.
Bottle Size: 0,75l
Taste: Its flavour is forthright, lip-smacking, with prominent, well-embedded tannins. Good length and persistence of flavour with fruity and spicy finish.
Aroma: A complex nose with notes of plum, red berry, dried rose and violet.
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