Poderi Colla have to be one of the best value producers in the Piedmont, improving year on year Poderi Colla are my choice for some really good Nebbiolo to stick away for 10 years and some choice Barbera and Dolcetto for drinking today. I drink more Poderi Colla than most, selling it at TCD I’ve been exposed to Poderi Colla for a couple of years now and though not really a famous name outside of Italy the company are well known for (take a guess) QPR! It’s a little secret, a cult winery, but I’m willing to be kicked out of the club and give you the heads up.
QPR is what I’m all about, it’s what we want in wine, it’s what we want in life. We don’t mind paying for quality and we have quality here in spades. With some of the most beautiful vineyards about, take a looksee left, Poderi Colla own vineyards in Alba, Barbaresco and Monforte the company produce some very interesting wines that I think you might want to aim directly at your north and south.
The incredible value wines come from Poderi Colla’s Alba estate, these are a little more affordable. Growing on the Bricco del Drago (Dragons Hill) Poderi Colla produce 70,000 bottles at this estate including a favourite wine of mine, the blended Nebbiolo/Dolcetto “Bricco del Drago“. This isn’t the only great value wine from the Alba estate, no siree, you can also pick up a really very good Nebbiolo d’Alba.
They also produce a number of wines I’ve never tried. If you have tried them then tell me purlease below in the comments. Those wines are a Pinot Nero, Freisa, a blended Pinot/Chard/Riesling, a Riesling, a Pinot Nero Spumante and a sweet Moscata. There’s also a wine museum on this estate. Poderi Colla is a great vineyard to visit in Alba, picking up the wines cheaper than usual and getting an education too. What could be better?
The next two estates are where the serious wines come from. Poderi Colla’s Barberesco is coming forward in leaps and bounds year on year. Barbaresco Roncaglia has been a 90+ wine every year realised this millennium, it is a really elegant wine, not a powerhouse but opulent and luxurious and it’s also a frickin steal.
The show stopper, attention grabber, muscled Mary showing off at the back is the Barolo from Monforte. The Barolo Dardi le Rose from 2004 has been praised internationally and shows a very particular type of Barolo. If the Barbaresco is a little feminine, the Barolo is its complete opposite. Rich, complex, bold with a luscious big mouth feel, you know you’ve been Barolo’d with this effort. It’s a 93 Point Antonio Galloni wine, I’d go along with this score and at €31 for a 2004 vintage, 93 Point Barolo well, it’s QPR city.
Where can I buy this wine?
Europeans – Enoteca Grandivini – €31
Americans – Corporate Wines – $49
Brits – The Cellar Door – £24
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