- Ferrando Canavese Rosso La Torrazza 2010 Product #25689 (In Stock)
We're not going to sugarcoat it - this wine isn't for everyone. But if you want to try something fantastically authentic and more than a little wild, it could just be for you! Luigi Ferrando farms vines in the ridiculously difficult Carema DOC, about 2 hours North of Barolo in the foothills of the Alps. While he's more famous for his White Label and Black Label Carema Nebbiolos, we've fallen in love with this exotic, befuddling, blend of about 65% Nebbiolo, 30% Barbera, and the balance the local Neretta grape, all vinified in stainless steel.
"Wild" is the word I keep coming back to. The winemaking is clearly "wild" - natural yeasts, minimal intervention, a touch of oxidization and maybe even a little volatile acidity. The results, though, are wildly satisfying. You'll find bold, complex, aromatics of licorice, violets, black fruits and camphor with a touch of apple skin. Explosive in your mouth, with loads of wild berry (strawberry, raspberry, blackberry) fruit but also licorice, earth, spice and nettle flower. Fills up your mouth with flavor and delivers a big punch of earthy complexity on the juicy, wild, finish. Light, velvety, tannins complement the bright acidity to keep everything fresh and food friendly.
Every sip's a new adventure here, and it wouldn't surprise me if every bottle has a slightly different story to tell. Open one up and see what you find!
- Ferrando Carema Etichetta Bianca (Rosso) 2008 Product #26464 (In Stock)
Luigi Ferrando’s family has been making wine on the steep slopes surrounding their village of Carema since about 1900, and his Carema Etichetta Bianca has been considered the region’s flagship red for 30 years or more. “Beautiful” is the word I keep coming back to for this elegant, complex, wine that’s full of fresh mountain flowers, cherry blossom, lavender, camphor and fresh cut hay notes. Plenty of ripe cherry and strawberry fruit, too, and masses of silky tannins and juicy acidity. Best in 4 years or so, but delicious now if you open the bottle, pour a little out, and let it breath for an hour or so. Very limited.
“Ferrando is a great source for interesting and intriguing wines that showcase the potential of Nebbiolo in Carema, a tiny appellation in northern Piedmont. The 2008 Carema Etichetta Bianca wafts from the glass with sweet dried cherries, tobacco, sweet herbs and crushed flowers. A mid-weight, delicate wine, the 2008 is quite typical of these hillside vineyards. In 2008 the acidity is a bit on the high side, which readers should keep in mind when considering food pairings. This is a gorgeous wine from Ferrando. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2023.”Wine Advocate 92 points