Wines to Seek Out
Colombera & Garella produces four wines of extraordinary purity, grace and ease. They are beauty run amok: rich with heavenly details, yet surprisingly thirst-quenching given their Nebbiolo spine.
Colombera & Garella Cascina Cottignano “Vispavola” Vino Rosso
Made from 100% Vespolina, “Vispavola” is the winery's only wine without any Nebbiolo, and a bit of an oddball. Light in tone yet darkly sensuous with its fruit, it is a great example of how a wine’s sensory push-and-pull can create something brilliantly compelling. There is even a little fizz trapped in the bottle. The Italian wine equivalent of a Taika Waititi film.
Colombera & Garella Pizzaguerra Lessona
The Lessona consists of mostly Nebbiolo with a small splash of Vespolina, and while the tones of this wine are familiar (deep cherries, dark roses, black licorice, truffle) the texture is wildly different than Barolo. Think of velvet versus sandpaper and you are not far off.
Colombera & Garella Cascina Cottignano Bramaterra
The Bramaterra may be less serious than the Lessona — consisting of only 70% Nebbiolo — but I love it even more. The wine’s bouquet is as inviting as an Italian family dinner. It pulls you in, and the offerings just keep coming. If you are tired of waiting for your stash of Barolo and Barbaresco to age 10 years, this is the wine to reach for. It carries all of those charming Nebbiolo notes, but leaves behind the gruff stuff of youth.
Colombera & Garella Cascina Cottignano Coste della Sesia
The Coste della Sesia seems to point its compass more towards the wines of Valle d'Aosta than the Langhe, with lovely dialed-in aromas of red currant, crabapple blossom, mushrooms and tarragon. Perhaps its the "après-ski" vibe I get from this quenching, juicy and lovingly tart red wine that has me referencing Valle d'Aosta, but if that cold-climate mountain magic is something you seek in a wine, than look right here. It also carries a ripping thread of acidity from the volcanic soil. A recent tasting of this wine sealed Colombera & Garella's status on this list.