"My answer is: Carema" - 2015 Ferrando Carema Etichetta Bianca

Posted by Joe Salamone

Few wines have attracted the fan club that Ferrando's Carema has.

The reason is simple: 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.

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."

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.

The just arrived 2015 Carema is a fascinating expression of the wine. The vintage was a riper one, but things cooled down in the months close to the harvest. In these northern climates the ripeness adds an extra dimension to the lithe frame.

Ferrando's Carema ages really beautifully. In vintages like 2015, the combination of acidity and stuffing allows it to age 15-20+ years. For fans of Carema, this is a don't miss.

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Joe Salamone

Wine Buyer
Crush Wine & Spirits