Luigi Ferrando (1.5 L) 2013 'Etichetta Bianca' (Nebbiolo), Carema DOC
Item Number: 10773
Sub Region: Piedmont
Appellation/AVA: Carema DOC
Grape(s): 100% Nebbiolo
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 1.5 L
Vintage Notes: Roberto Ferrando feels that while the ’11, ’12, and ’13 vintages are all excellent, the ’13 is the most classic of the three. 2013 brought a cool growing season with a fair amount of rain during the spring, which led to a dry and balanced summer and fall. He finds the ‘13s have extraordinary balance, great acidity, fine tannins, and slightly sweet fruit that avoids the hints of overripeness that can come out in warmer vintages. Also declarative of the vintage’s greatness is the fact that Etichetta Nera was produced in 2013 – this wine is only made if the vintage merits it.
Wine Notes: This cuvée is produced from a variety of plots that make up the 2.5 hectares of vineyards that the Ferrando family works. As is the custom, the ’13 was aged for more than three years in a combination of large and small barrels, all of a certain age. The wine was bottled in December 2016. The Etichetta Bianca best captures the spirit of Carema. The 2013 is no exception. The senses are battered on first approach with glistening, pure-cherry fruit. The fruit, which is not especially rich, unfolds across the palate to reveal a combination of earthy anise, mint-tinged spice and a clean, mineral backbone that adds depth, length and structure. The tannins in the ’13 are present but are (typically in this appellation) extremely fine and gentle.