Pu'er prophecies last week from Jeremy Eubanks, Xoel Cantero Alvarez, Sean Dowling and Kathleen Thomas. Gold star to Sean Dowling for an especially thorough job!
This week: Beppe Colla
Who was he? What were his significant contributions to a region that we all love so much?
He started at Bonardi in Piedmont at 19. Then started Prunotto and sold it to Antinori in 1990. Started another property Poderi Colla after that.
Along with Ratti and Cavalotto plotted the boundaries of Barolo in the 60's. He was also instrumental in introducing crus to Barolo, one of the first producing recognizing and using them on labels. He was also very careful of over-extraction of Nebbiolo.
He passed away in January at the age of 88.
70 Vintages!!!!!If I make 20, I'll die happy.
A “founding father” of Barolo who favoured fruit and soil taste over technology.
1956 - took over at Prunotto (until Marchese Antinori in 1987)
At Prunotto, he used the first stainless steel fermenters in the Alba area
1961 - he bottled the first range of single - vineyard wines: Barolo Bussia, Barbaresco Montestefano, Nebbiolo Valmaggio, Barbera d’Alba Pian Romualdo, Dolcetto d’Alba Cagnassi, Freisa Ciabot del prete