Ferrando Carema Etichetta Nera 2019


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“The 2019 Carema Etichetta Nera is a bit darker and richer than the White Label, as it often is. Black cherry, plum, leather, menthol, licorice and dried herbs are nicely pushed forward. Overall, this is a relatively mid-weight vintage for the Black Label, but it has better energy and a very long finish. Drinking window: 2024-2039. 94 points

Ferrando remains a reference point in Carema. The 2019s I tasted for this report are gorgeous. This year, I have a slight preference for the Etichetta Nera over the Etichetta Bianca, as the smaller barrels used for the Etichetta Nera seem to add a bit of textural richness that is a help in this cooler, classically austere vintage. Although I did not taste any new releases of the estate’s entry-level offerings, those wines have been especially fine over the last handful of years.”

Antonio Galloni, Vinous (02/24)