Cult Mountain Nebbiolo Part II:
2017 Ferrando Carema Etichetta Nera

Posted by Ian McFadden

Earlier this week, we offered Ferrando's 2016 Etichetta Bianca. Today, we return with the much more limited Etichetta Nera.

Compared to Etichetta Bianca, Etichetta Nera is richer, denser, more structured, and intense. It’s a powerhouse wine, but with breathtaking finesse.

photo of bottle of Ferrando Carema

The Etichetta Nera is only produced in the best vintages from the best sites, usually the Silanc and Siei vineyards. In a typical year that it's produced, only 100 cases come into the country.

We're really impressed by Ferrando's 2017s. They took the ripe vintage and sculpted it into something with incredible harmony.  We have really high hopes for the 2017 Etichetta Nera. It combines concentration and elegance beautifully. 

This is a wine known to be a serious distance runner. Neal Rosenthal, Ferrando’s importer, speaks of a 1964 Etichetta Nera that hit its apogee in 1998—at 34 years of age. It's no doubt experiences like this led Neal Rosenthal to write: "When I am asked which wine would I choose were I to be restricted to a single one, my answer is: Carema."

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

Ian McFadden
Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits

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