With just 18 hectares of vineyards, Lessona is the smallest of the three DOC zones in which the Colomberas own vineyards. Despite its microscopic dimensions, Lessona has a few special features that set it apart from the other two regions. Firstly, there is the climate, which in some exposures takes on almost Mediterranean characteristics and ensures a somewhat warmer and stronger style in "Lessona" than in the other two wines. Secondly, the subsoil is based on marine sand deposits with pH values that are among the lowest in Italy and contain high concentrations of iron, manganese and potassium. Last but not least, the grape variety composition also differs from the directly neighbouring Bramaterra: the Nebbiolo content in Lessona must be at least 85%, the potential cuvée partners are Vespolina and Uva rara, in Colombera's case only Vespolina.
The "Lessona" is fermented spontaneously in cement cisterns and matured for two years in used French barriques.
Floral, balsamic, concentrated and spicy. The Lessona leads an independent life in the Colombera & Garella range, is warmer, fruitier, aromatically darker and a little more expansive than the other two wines. Acidity and tannin structure the wine, but are found in a body that balances them perfectly. The finish is focused, powerful and characterised by peppery, spicy notes.
Grape variety: Nebbiolo
Plant protection: only sulphur, copper and plant or animal-based preparations, not certified
Vineyard: in soil with a high iron and manganese content, covered by a layer of marine sand
Harvest: by hand
Fermentation: spontaneous | wild yeasts in cement cisterns
Ageing: 2 years in used barriques, 6 months in cement
SO₂: < 50mg/l
Alcohol content: 12.5% vol
Closure: Natural cork
Drinking temperature: 16-18 °C
Perfect drinking maturity: from now - 2035
Content and price per litre: 0.75 l/(€43.62/l)
All the winegrowers listed on Vinonudo work with compost, organic fertiliser and natural preparations in their vineyards and do not use herbicides, pesticides or artificial fertilisers.