Ferrando, Erbaluce di Caluso Spumante Metodo Classico Pas Dose, 2012

$38.99

Ferrando is a Rosenthal mainstay — we love their Carema when we're looking for pure, fresh and Alpine Nebbiolo — and they work tirelessly to preserve the traditions of Piedmont. Erbaluce is perhaps Piedmont's finest white grape variety, and its name is an insight into its qualities: there's a distinct grassy, herbaceous quality (erbe) and a bright, clear energy (luce). Just a tiny amount of this wine is produced each vintage, and the bubbles amplify Erbaluce's unique delights: orchard fruits, a subtle verdant quality and bright, blazing acid.

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Ferrando

If you’ve always assumed that Ferrando Carema was the name of this estate, you’d be forgiven. To those of us who already love the wines, Luigi Ferrando and the tiny little mountain town of Carema are indeed one and the same.

The DOC Carema is home to the most northern, high-altitude Nebbiolo in Piedmont. Since 1957, the Ferrando family has made wine here on steeply terraced vineyards, trained on pergola vines to obtain maximum exposure to the sun.

It’d be a bit peculiar to include the contrasting terroirs of Carema and Barolo within the same regional boundaries, were it not for the poetic justice that all great expressions of this diva grape play on Team Piedmont.

Yes, the euphoric aromas of tar and roses that make even the most stoic Barolo lover swirl and shiver are embedded in the DNA. But as if without permission, like a swift pull of a tablecloth from under an undisturbed setting of a dining room table, Ferrando’s Carema breathes in an alpine vitality that lifts the Nebbiolo off its heavy feet.

Details

  • Country

    Italy

  • Region

    Other Italy

  • Grape Variety

    Erbaluce

  • Vintage

    2012

  • Size

    750ml

  • Farming Practice

    Traditional

  • Style

    Aromatic , Crisp , Fruity

  • Sweetness

    Dry

  • Body

    Light Bodied