Back Up The Truck - Piedmont Edition:
2017 Produttori Carema Carema Classico

Posted by Joe Salamone

When Produttori di Carema hits its mark, the wine represents some of the best value to be had in Piedmont.

Today, we're happy to offer the brilliant 2017. At as low as $20.95, this is simply a jaw-dropping value. 

The 2017 Carema is a wine of shocking energy and purity. The wine has incredible agility, but also length and presence. There's a beautiful and radiant delicacy.

photo of label  of Produttori Carema Carema Classico

Carema is about an hour's drive from Barolo and amounts to its alpine cousin. Carema sits in the shadow of Mt. Blanc and totals a mere 16ha. Because of its stunningly singular expression of Nebbiolo, the appellation has achieved a renown that belies its tiny size.

In Carema, Nebbiolo becomes as fresh and fragrant as the mountains in spring when they're dotted with flowers, yet so packed with nuance that each smell and taste seems to reveal something new: cinnamon-tinged cherry fruit, herbs, a detailed minerality and that absolutely beguiling perfume that only Nebbiolo can deliver.

The growers of Carema tend to have very small holdings, often 0.5ha or even less. This is where the quality-oriented co-op Produttori di Carema comes in. They handle the vinification and aging, which would be difficult for the small growers.

It's rare that we find wines that deliver so much at this price point. For us, it's a cause for celebration. We taste hundreds of wines a year and only a tiny fraction make the cut.

To order, email or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Joe Salamone
Wine Buyer
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