Colombera & Garella "Cottignano" Bramaterra 2017
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Direct Press Selection | July 2022
Cristiano Garella has emerged as a figurehead in the renaissance the Alto Piemonte has seen over the last the last decade. A native to the region, Garella has brought a youthful energy and passion to revitalizing old vineyards, refocusing winemaking to old-school practices and producing fresh, elegant wines that drink almost like Pinot, and don't try to taste like Barolo or Barbaresco. The first wine I tasted form Colombera & Garella was the 2012 bottling of the Cottignano Bramaterra back in 2016, I was instantly made a fan.
One of the most northernly appellations in the Alto Piemonte, Bramaterra is best known for its cool climate and volcanic soils, and it's my favorite of the villages. The 2017 Cottignano is a blend of 70% Nebbiolo, 20% Croatina, 10% Vespolina coming from just 2 hectares of vines, up to 50 years old. Fermented in concrete tanks, then aged 24 months in giant oak casks, the wine is refined and energetic. A beautiful nose of rose petals, anise and orange peel pulls you in right away. Medium-bodied, with soft tannin and bright acidity, marked by notes of bing cherry, cranberry and clove. A long, spice laden finish makes it extremely food friendly. Drink it a little cooler than room temp now, or lay it down 3-5 more years.
[Kirk Sutherland, July 2022]
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