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Colombera & Garella, Cascina Cottignano Bramaterra 2015

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93 points Wine Enthusiast
"Mature dark-skinned berry, new leather, eucalyptus and star anise aromas lift out of the glass along with a whiff of rose. Firmly structured, the tense, medium-bodied palate delivers morello cherry, cranberry, orange zest and licorice set against a backbone of firm, refined tannins. Bright acidity keeps it balanced. It's still youthfully austere and needs time fully develop. Drink 2025–2035." *Cellar Selection*

93+ points Vinous
“The 2015 Bramaterra Cascina Cottignano is more of a medium bodied wine from this site, with soft, silky contours and open aromatics that make the wine very easy to drink and appreciate. Sweet tobacco, cedar, mint, dried owers and sweet red cherry all grace this nuanced, wonderfully understated wine. There is so much to like here. A year ago, the 2015 was quite powerful, but it seems to be moving towards greater-nesse. Either way, it is captivating.”

Jancis Robinson
"80% Nebbiolo, 10% Croatina, 10% Vespolina aged for 24 months in small barrels.
Just mid ruby. Fragrant, elegant, cool strawberry nose with great focus. Juicy red fruit seemingly defying this very warm vintage and with a gorgeous layer of coating tannins. Spectacular balance and style and in need of more time to really show what it is made of. 17.5/20 points. (WS)"

Vinous Reverie Notes
Varieties: 70% Nebbiolo, 20% Croatina, 10% Vespolina. Here’s a Nebbiolo blend etched by an extinct volcanic terroir of red-brown porphyritic sand. 300 million years ago, a volcano created the raw material for the Bramaterra DOC and eight other geographically complex appellations, collectively known as Alto Piemonte. Bramaterra allows more of the varieties Croatina and Vespolina than most of the other Alto Piemonte DOCs. These varieties add resonance and spice to the wonder that is Nebbiolo, while the volcanic soils and more northerly latitude give wines of a particular elegance, perfume, and refreshment compared with the more powerful Nebbioli from Barolo and Barbaresco to the south. Colombera & Garella is project of with Cristiano Garella, Alto Piemontese wünderkind and leading consultant for a number of properties, with his long-time friend Giacomo Colombera, and Giacomo’s father, Carlo, who has been growing grapes in Bramaterra since the early 1990s. This property has quickly become one of the gems alto piemonte, especially in the Lessona and Bramaterra growing areas. In the commune of Masserano, in the Alto Piemonte DOC of Bramaterra. Soils are high-acid, reddish-brown porphyritic sand of volcanic origin, which lends a particularly mineral character to the wines.


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