Luigi Ferrando 2015 'Etichetta Nera' (Nebbiolo), Carema DOC
Item Number: 13332
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(%): 14
Viticulture: Practicing Biodynamic
Wine Notes: Comprising only 20% of the vintage’s production, the 2015 Etichetta Nera (black label) Carema is more inward and reticent at this early point in its life than its white label brother. Interestingly, the black label displays less disparity in heft with the Etichetta Bianca than it often does, coming across as relatively equal in structure yet with more bottom-end and a slightly darker, lusher personality than the white label. In contrast to the white label, this is aged exclusively in smaller French oak—a mix of 225-liter barriques and 500-liter tonneaux—and without anything close to new wood. This is a monumentally built wine that beckons for a bit of time but will surely reward it.
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.