Founded in 1993 by Tino and Federica Colla, brother and daughter of the legendry Beppe Colla. Beppe was not only the passion behind the Prunotto name but a leading public figure in the development of the Alba DOC's in the 60's. The wines come from three outstanding sites in Alba and cover nearly the entire spectrum of Albese styles. The Colla family truly make wine in the vineyard, with a non-interventionist approach to wine making, enabling each wine a unique expression of site and vintage. Cascine Drago, the site of the winery and museum, has twelve hectares under vine, from which the densely planted Dolcetto and Nebbiolo form the incredibly complex and structured Bricco del Drago. Tenuta Roncaglie, one of the best historical Barbaresco crus, produces a classic and elegant Nebbiolo, and fine Barbera. Tenuta Dardi Le Rose from the Bussia hillside of Barolo's Monforte d'Alba district, is Nebbiolo at its best, rich and complex with fascinating perfumes and textures.
This very special wine is from a single vineyard called Dardi le Rose, on Bussia Hill, known for Barolo. The vines are grown at 300 - 350 metres above sea level, with a southern /south-westerly exposure. The grapes are harvested mid-October.
The grapes are destalked and pressed, and the must is macerated on the skins for approx. 15 days - it undergoes malolactic fermentation. In the spring the wine matures in casks of Slavonian and French oak, part new, for a period of 24 to 28 months.
Ripe meaty nose with hints of dried figs, leather, spice and generous ripe berry aromas. Rich plummy fruit, warm and spicy with herbal notes on the palate, good tannic structure and a level of acidity which means that, whilst drinking now, this wine will age and improve for many years.