Colombera & Garella Lessona Pizzaguerra

$45.00

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Vintage: 2017
Region:  Alto Piemonte, Piemonte, Italy
Viticulture: Organic
Grape varieties: Nebbiolo and Vespolina

Colombera & Garella Lessona Pizzaguerra shows violets and dark red fruits on the nose and a palate of wild strawberries and plums.

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About Colombera & Garella Lessona Pizzaguerra

Colombera & Garella Lessona Pizzaguerra shows violets and dark red fruits on the nose and a palate of wild strawberries and plums.

About Colombera & Garella Winery

300 million years ago, a volcano created the raw material for seven tiny but geographically complex appellations. Collectively known as Alto Piemonte, the area is North-northeast of Barolo and Barbaresco. This are is literally at the ‘foot’ of the Alps. For years this region dwelled in abandonment. This once great bastion of Italian wines is now seeing revitalization. This is thanks to a few key producers. If you haven’t started exploring this area, you’re missing out. Behold the glory of Nebbiolo when combined with local varieties! This is also a study in the area’s unique soils.
 
Cristiano Garella, native wünderkind, is one of the master-keys of the area. He’s helping wineries here appreciate and reinvest in the vineyards and cantine. Colombera & Garella is his most intimate contribution among the many wineries he works with. The Colombera part is Giacomo, Cristiano’s long-time friend. Giacomo Colombera’s father, Carlo, who’s been growing grapes in the area since the early 1990s. Colombera & Garella’s winery and vineyards are mostly in the Bramaterra appellation. They’ve also ventured into the yellow and red-ochre sands of Lessona as well. 

About the Vineyards

At 350-400 meters, Bramaterra and Lessona’s soils are distinctly acidic, quite different from Barolo and Barbaresco’s basic soils. These acidic soils produce wine with lower alcohol than you find nowadays in the Langhe and give the wines a ferrous, sanguine minerality. These are wines whose structure seems to come from minerality (as slippery as that word can be) more than from tannins.

Just as in other great growing areas with varied soil, one can immediately taste the difference between Bramaterra and Lessona: Bramaterra’s volcanic soil is composed of crumbly red-brown rocks made from porphyritic sand crystals. These wines have a muscular fruit, and a deep, chiseled minerality. There’s something rough yet charming around the mineral edges, sort of like approaching papà Carlo in the vineyards when he gives you a bear hug.

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