Colli Tortonesi Rosso 'Suciaja' 2017, Colombera

 

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Grape


Nibiò, aka Dolcetto

Region


Tortona, Piedmont

Drinking Window


Ready or drink by 2026

Pairings


Homemade lasagna with truffle and pork sausage, grilled lamb ribs with mashed potatoes, aged cheese, aged parma ham


Winemaker Notes

Nibiò grape is a close relative of Dolcetto. After harvesting by hand, the bunches are softly pressed with a hydraulic press. Fermentation of the must follows with only indigenous yeasts. The refinement takes place in wooden barrels and lasts for 9 months. Only 3,600 bottles produced per year


The Story

In the small village of Vho, just 5 kilometers from Tortona, the 20 hectares of vineyards embody the beating heart of Colombera winery. The arrival in the cellar in 1997 of the young Elisa, who had just graduated in oenology, was decisive in the production of high quality wine and in the transformation of the old family farm into a gem.

Today the winery dedicates all its production to the development of native vines in a splendid natural amphitheater overlooking the Tortona plain. The soils are clayey and rich in limestone, thanks to the local Sant'Agata marl, a chalky formation whose contribution has been demonstrated in the production of elegant and fragrant wines. Compared to the other areas of the Tortona area, the climate of the hamlet of Vho is hotter and drier, so much so that the ripening of the grapes is anticipated.

In the handful of times Elisa has come to Rimessa or we have gone to see her, I don't ever recall a moment that she wasn't smiling - whether we we filming her walking in the vineyards with a piece of cardboard over her head as it rained, or during the rough and unstable times of Covid.  She won't say it's easy being the 'queen' of Tortona, but she's a great sport along the way.  We adore her vivacious and warm hearted spirit.  Should you find yourself in Piemonte, this is a must visit winery.



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