San Rocco Seno d’Elvio (Alba)
Province of Cuneo
Owners: Colla families
Winemakers: Tino & Pietro Colla
Production: 150,000 bottles
Hectares of vines: 27
The Colla family has a rich history of winemaking in Piedmont, dating back to 1703. Beppe Colla steered the Prunotto winery to stardom and was one of the founding fathers of the Alba DOCs in the 1960s. Younger brother Tino joined with Beppe’s daughter Federica to establish Poderi Colla (literally, the Colla farms), made up of:
- Cascine Drago in Alba, heart of the Langhe appellation;
- Tenuta Roncaglia, eight hectares of the historic Barbaresco cru; and
- Tenuta Dardi Le Rose, seven hectares of the renowned Barolo Bussia cru in Monforte.
Federica’s words perfectly summarise the Colla philosophy: “Our wines are not ‘high-tech’. They are man-made, with a strong human element, outstanding natural concentration thanks to terroir and fruit and very well balanced components”. The range features, from Roncaglia: soft and elegant single vineyard Dolcetto; concentrated old vine Barbera, full of dark cherry and plum fruit; and a silky, perfumed Barbaresco brimming with red fruits, rose and sweet spices. Nebbiolo d’Alba, from Cascine Drago, is a stand-out for the variety, well-structured with gamey and raspberry hints and excellent balance.
Antonio Galloni says the 2008 Roncaglie is “simply dazzling. Freshly cut roses, dark cherries, spices and minerals are just some of the nuances that explode from the glass in this big, dramatic Barbaresco. The 2008 is one of the richest Roncaglies I can ever remember tasting. The wine possesses gorgeous depth, expressive inner perfume and fabulous intensity. This is firing on all cylinders today, and it is hugely impressive.” Bravo Pietro.
Dolcetto d’Alba DOC ‘Pian Balbo’
Barbera d’Alba DOC ‘Costa Bruna’
Nebbiolo d’Alba DOC
Barbaresco DOCG Roncaglie
Barolo DOCG Bussia ‘Dardi Le Rose’