"My answer is: Carema"
2016 Ferrando Carema Etichetta Bianca

Posted by Joe Salamone

Carema is alpine Nebbiolo of breathtaking grace. 

For decades, Ferrando's Carema has been the benchmark for the beauty and profundity that Nebbiolo achieves in the northern extremes.

We've been eagerly awaiting our 2016 allocation. It's a great vintage for Piedmont, and it's an absolutely gorgeous one for the Alto Piedmonte. In these northern reaches of Piedmont, the vintage produced wines of incredible purity and class. 

Ferrando's Carema is Nebbiolo at its purest, its most energetic, and its most aromatic. At high altitudes, in the shadows of Mt. Blanc, on soil that's pretty much eroded rock, the grape assumes a level of finesse that's gorgeous and hauntingly singular.

What's so exciting about the 2016 is how the vintage produced cool-toned and elegant wines with plenty of concentration. It's pretty much a dream brew of well-defined aromatics, snap, and focus. Ferrando's Carema is known for aging beautifully, and the 2016 seems poised to be a legend. 

Today, Alto Piemonte is one of the most exciting places for wine, and there's no doubt that Ferrando's wines were essential in establishing the area's reputation in the U.S.

Credit has to be given to Ferrando's importer, Neal Rosenthal, who has never been shy about his love of Ferrando's wines. He has no shortage of great wines at his fingertips - think of people like Fourrier and Barthod. Yet he's written: "When I am asked which wine would I choose were I to be restricted to a single one, my answer is: Carema."

The 2016 Etichetta Bianca will undoubtedly be a monument to one of Piedmont's greats. As always, quantities are pretty modest, and word is clearly out on the 2016 Piedmont vintage. Please give us your ideal order, and we'll try our best. 

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

Joe Salamone
Wine Buyer
Crush Wine & Spirits

Special Bottle Price: $69.95

Special 4-Pack Price: $267.80 ($66.95/btl)