Luigi Ferrando Carema Etichetta Bianca 2007
Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
The color is an intense garnet red, limpid and dense. On the nose it is spicy with fruity notes and fine hints of dried flowers and rose petals. On the palate it has a warm tannic mouthfeel, with well-integrated spicy notes.
Perfect with beef, braised meats, game and mature cheeses.
The Wine Advocate - "Ferrando’s 2007 Carema Etichetta Bianca doesn’t even need to be tasted, the bouquet alone is extraordinary. Sweet rose petals, tar, licorice and star anise are just some of the nuances that waft from the glass in this striking Nebbiolo. The tannins are firm, yet silky, but nevertheless are a sure sign this is a wine from one of Piedmont’s northerly appellations. As it sits in the glass the wine acquires more depth in a virtuosic display of class and elegance. This is an immensely pleasurable bottle of wine that can be enjoyed now or cellared. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2027."
Luigi Ferrando Winery
Luigi Ferrando has long been the leading winemaker of the Canvese 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 winemakers and academics. They are responsible for discovering and preserving local winemaking traditions that might otherwise have been lost. His sons, Roberto and Andrea, now work with him on the estate, thereby assuring the continuation of the Ferrando tradition. View all Luigi Ferrando Wines
Notable FactsNot just regulated to red wine, Piedmont also produces some notable whites, particularly those near the district of Gavi and Asti. Gavi produces still white wine from the Cortese grape. The wine is dry with a crisp, citrus-like acidity – fairly neutral but pleasant. Arneis is another grape/wine made in the area, creating a fuller wine that displays some nuttiness in the aroma and taste. Asti is well known for its sparkling wine – in particular Asti Spumante and Moscato d'Asti. Asti Spumante is typically higher in alcohol, sweetness & fizziness, while its higher-class cousin, Mostcato d'Asti, contains lower alcohol levels, a few less bubbles, and a more restrained and delicate representation of Moscato fruit.
A little ditty about Italy...This country has about as many wines as its had governments. With 20 different regions, hundreds of DOCs and even more indigenous varieties, the amount of wine made in Italy is mind-boggling. Most of the juice, however, remains in the country for thirsty Italians. Wine is food in Italy and its rare that a meal is consumed without a glass of vino. That said, it's not common to find many folks drinking wine without food either. In turn, it's a match, and a mighty good one at that. In fact, it's safe to say that Italian wine is a foodie wine – one that goes on the table for a myraid of meals.
For regions, the most popular are Tuscany (home of Chianti), Piedmont and the Tre-Venezie, which includes Veneto, Trentino Alto-Adige and Friuli. Other communes of note are in Southern Italy, and a few good wines are made elsewhere in the country. The islands of Sardinia and Sicily are members of the Italian winemaking community as well.
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3 ratings, 1 with reviewmartinmcgarvey - Longmont, CO23/19/2012RZCBay - Walnut Creek, CA13/17/2012This wine ranked 8th of 8—Valpolicellas (3) and Nebbiolos (5)—tasted 3/11 by 14 very experienced members of a group tasting wines blind every month for 34 years. At 94 points against, of a total possible 112 points against, it was statistically significantly much worse than other wines in the group.michael papay - Belvedere Tiburon, CA43/2/2012
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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