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2015 Luigi Ferrando Carema White Label
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Although not as powerful as the brawniest of Barolos nor necessarily as immediately seductive as the finest Barbarescos, the Caremas of the Ferrando family achieve a sophistication and complexity that cannot be matched by either of these other two more well-known appellations. The key to this masterful expression is the Zen-like balance that graces Carema; a unity of elements that are produced by the higher altitude vineyards that sit in the shadow of majestic Monte Bianco(Mont Blanc) and the ethereal atmosphere that blesses this tiny viticultural zone (16 hectares) situated in the foothills of the Alps, in the last town in Piedmont before one crosses the border into the Valle d'Aoste. Ferrando’s white-label Carema is perhaps the ne plus ultra 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 presents 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.