Luigi Ferrando 2015 'Etichetta Bianca' (Nebbiolo), Carema DOC
Item Number: 13331
Sub Region: Alto Piemonte
Appellation/AVA: Carema DOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 100% Nebbiolo
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 13.5
Viticulture: Practicing Biodynamic
Wine Notes: Ferrando’s white label Carema is perhaps the ne plus ultra (most perfect example of its kind) of Alpine wine—as well as the most gorgeous expression of Nebbiolo in existence—and the 2015 is a future legend. With its mouthwatering acidity, its sumptuously velvety texture, its panoply of spices, and its eerily pure fruit, it embodies what makes Carema so special, yet with a bit more authority and power than in a more typical vintage. Aged in a combination of large Stockinger casks and smaller barriques and tonneaux (all well-used), it is relatively open at this youthful stage—perhaps a function of 2015’s generosity of fruit—yet the underlying structure and tension promise a long life.
Vintage Notes: 2015 is a vintage so spectacular that Roberto joked they had briefly considered bottling the entire crop as Etichetta Nera, the black label prestige cuvée they produce in limited quantities and only when the vintage allows. The growing season was warm and sunny but not excessively so, with beautiful conditions at harvest and little disease pressure. The concentration and structure of the finished wines stands in sharp relief to the relatively welterweight 2014. Still, in this Alpine zone where Nebbiolo struggles the mightiest to achieve ripeness, even a vintage this generous in nature cannot mask the wine’s inherent scintillating tension. These 2015s are extraordinary even in the context of a grower whose output is as consistent as Ferrando’s, and they will surely live and improve for decades—wines whose future is as bright as that of the zone from where they originated.