Luigi Ferrando (1.5 L) 2014 'Etichetta Bianca' (Nebbiolo), Carema DOC
Item Number: 11895
Sub Region: Piedmont
Appellation/AVA: Carema DOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 100% Nebbiolo
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 1.5 L
Alc by Vol(%): 14
Soil Type: Slate
Winemaker Notes: The Ferrando wines were the very first wines Rosenthal imported to the United States back in January 1980. Luigi Ferrando has long been the leading producer of wines from the Canavese region where his family’s winemaking tradition goes back to 1900. Like many of Rosenthal's producers, he has strong ties to his local region. His attachment and commitment run deep, and have led him to collaborate with other wine growers and academics. Together, they are responsible for discovering and preserving local grape varieties and traditions that might otherwise have been lost. Luigi’s sons, Roberto and Andrea, now work with him on the estate (Roberto) and in the family’s vinoteca (Andrea) located in the heart of the city of Ivrea, the commercial hub of the Canavese region. Thus, the continuation of the Ferrando tradition has been enabled.
Winemaking Notes: This cuvée is produced from a variety of plots that make up the 2.5 hectares of vineyards that the Ferrando family works. The vines are trained in a special way on pergola (known as “tupin” in local dialect) to obtain maximum exposure to the sun in this high altitude district and are planted to soils that are dominated by slate.
The Nebbiolo grapes are harvested normally during the second half of October; then, they undergo a cuvaison of approximately two weeks in stainless steel before being racked into a mixture of large and small barrels for an extensive aging period of 30 to 36 months before being bottled (without filtration). By law, the Carema cannot be released before four years of aging.
Tasting Notes: If there is any wine that defines the Ferrando “oeuvre” it is this one: the white label Carema. The Etichetta Bianca best captures the spirit of Carema. 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.