Luigi Ferrando (1.5 L) 2013 'Etichetta Nera' (Nebbiolo), Carema DOC

Luigi Ferrando (1.5 L) 2013 'Etichetta Nera' (Nebbiolo), Carema DOC

Item Number: 10775

UPC: None

Country: Italy
Region: Piedmont
Sub Region: Piedmont
Appellation/AVA: Carema DOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vintage: 2013
Grape(s): 100% Nebbiolo
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 1.5 L
Pack: 1
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 14

The Etichetta Nera is produced only in the best vintages from a selection of the family’s best parcels. Like the Etichetta Bianca , it is aged for 38 months before being bottled December 2016. The only difference between the two is that this wine is aged in smaller barrels of which only a minor percentage are new. As the name implies, this cuvée has a much richer and darker tonality than the Etichetta Bianca. The fruit has a more concentrated and sweeter edge, with a darker color, slight animal undertone, and sweet, medicinal spice. The power of this wine might make one think that it lacks elegance at first, but there is plenty of mineral backbone to give this wine an underlying freshness and structure. The tannins are also a bit stronger in the Nera but are sweeter and offset by the presence of greater material. While you can certainly drink this wine today, those who wait patiently will be rewarded for their perseverance.

About Carema: Nestled on terraces above the small village of Carema, in the shadows of Monte Bianco, the mere 17 hectares of vineyards that comprise the appellation are just about the most northern climate for the Nebbiolo grape. In fact, Carema is the very last outpost in the Piedmont as you head up the valley towards Monte Bianco through the bucolic Valle d’Aosta. The vineyards of Carema are traditionally trained on pergola to give the grapes maximum exposure to the sun, and the majority of the vineyards are placed on small terraces which climb the steep mountain slopes that majestically rise above the village. It is a stunning place, making it immediately clear to anyone who makes the pilgrimage to these vineyards that this is a special environment for producing wine. The amount of work put into constructing the terraces and pergola alone are a testimony to its quality. The difficulty of reaching the higher vineyard sites and working on small, steep terraces means that the costs for growing the Nebbiolo grape here are 50% more expensive than those in Barolo, for example. No reasonable human would go to such agricultural extremes unless there was a payoff at the end. The Ferrando family is the only producer to grow and vinify its own wine in this appellation (the only other wine is made by the local co-op).