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