The cream of Carema: great Nebbiolo for $33

Orsolani’s rare Carema DOC Le Tabbie is arguably our best-value expression of this noble grape

Now entering... Carema. This tiny town is located about 60 kilometers north of Turin. At the last count its population numbered 754.

Now entering... Carema. This tiny town is located about 60km north of Turin. At the last count its population numbered 754.

Think Nebbiolo and the mind invariably races to the celebrated wines of Barolo and Barbaresco. But Carema? In northern Piedmont lies this tiny hamlet, home to a truly unique viticultural landscape. The Carema DOC’s especially thin topsoil has led to the creation of terraced vineyards supported by monumental granite columns, which rise up dramatically into the mountains towards Valle d’Aosta.

The steep sloping terraced vineyards, or "tabbie", are clearly visible beyond the town of Carema.

In this photo the steep sloping terraced vineyards, or "tabbie", are clearly visible beyond the town of Carema.

Notoriously difficult to cultivate and manage, these demanding terraces are known as “tabbie” in the local dialect. Gian Luigi Orsolani is one of just a handful of producers equal to the challenge, and his resulting wine is called simply, Le Tabbie.

Giant granite columns support the Nebbiolo vines used for Gian Luigi Orsolani's Le Tabbie.

Giant granite columns support the Nebbiolo vines used for Gian Luigi Orsolani's Le Tabbie.

Known for his expertise in producing wines from the Erbaluce grape, for Le Tabbie Orsolani uses two clones of Nebbiolo, picotener and prugnet, whose high skin-to-pulp ratio lends the wine its rich, ruby color. Aged in oak botti for three years, the wine spends a further twelve months in bottle before its release on the market.

le-tabbieAn elegant and affordable expression of the variety in what was a fine vintage for Carema, Le Tabbie is proof that top-class Nebbiolo can be enjoyed guilt-free. Orsolani is one of only three Carema DOC producers whose wines are available in the United States, making Le Tabbie all the more special.

Carema Le Tabbie 2003 Orsolani
$33

Save 10% on six bottles,
20% on case of 12!

Taste Le Tabbie at Vino, this Friday, March 27 from 5:30pm!

For more information call 212-725-6516 or email contact@vinosite.com.

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One Response to The cream of Carema: great Nebbiolo for $33

  1. Do Bianchi says:

    Carema by Orsolani kicks ass… do you have tasting notes on 03 vs. 04? was 03 as hot in Carema as in Langa?

    20% off on a case of 12? do you ship to Texas?

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