Produttori di Carema Classico 2017

Produttori di Carema Classico 2017

Produttori di Carema Classico 2017

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Review is on the 2016 vintage.
93 pts Vinous
The 2016 Carema Classico is a wine of unreal beauty. Orange peel, spice, star anise, sweet pipe tobacco, rose petal, mint and Alpine herbs are some of the many aromas that lift from the glass. Translucent and gracious, with tons of character, the 2016 is all class. Readers who want to understand what Nebbiolo in Carema is all about will want to check out the 2016. It is a stunning, hauntingly beautiful wine. The 2016 spent two years in neutral oak casks.

Produttori di Carema is a producer of top quality Nebbiolo in Torino, located in the utmost northwestern region of Piedmont. Created in 1960, they are a small cooperative divided amongst 71 growers in this small, remote region. Each grower rarely owns more than 1 hectare, most having only ½ hectare. The D.O.C. Carema, established in 1967, sits on an incredibly mountainous swath of land bordering the Valle d’Aosta. The climate is cold and quite windy here, resulting in grapes that are slow to ripen, and wines that are light garnet in color.

The vines are planted on steep stone terraces that reflect the sun and maintain the heat of the day during the night. The vines are trained on pergola-like cross beams locally named "topie," onto which the vines are tied down firmly to keep them from being broken by the strong winds. These topie also allow for maximum exposure to the sun, helping to draw out the harvest for as long as possible, thereby taming the grapes’ high acids that would otherwise overwhelm the palate. The wines are 100% Nebbiolo and the aging minimum requirement is 4 years, of which two years have to pass in large oak or chestnut botti.

Carema is a wine valued for its perfume and elegance, but it also has the structure and acidity to age for decades. Compared to their brethren further south and east in Barolo, the wines do not have the same power and density, but more than makeup for it with their aromatic fireworks that only Nebbiolo grown in this unique terroir can show (tar, leather, damp leaves, roses).

We were lucky to obtain a handful of this historic 2016 vintage, which should not be missed! Unfortunately, there will not be more down the road so, scoop some up now and you can thank us later.

Here is what wine critic Antonio Galloni of Vinous had to say in regards to the quality of Produttori di Carema:

“I was quite frankly blown away by the wines I tasted from the Cantina Produttori di Carema cooperative. Readers who want to explore the wines of this small appellation may want to start here. Aging in cask brings out the beauty and translucence Nebbiolo can reach in these hillside vineyards.” (April 2020)

“The Produttori di Carema cooperative has been on a tear in recent vintages.” (September 2020)