Produttori del Carema, Carema Classico
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Produttori del Carema is a cooperative which was originally founded in 1960 with fewer than 12 producers. Well known for producing high quality wines, today their numbers have risen to 81 due to their huge success.
Produced from the Nebbiolo grape, just like the more famous Barbaresco and Barolo, the microclimate in Carema is much different than the latter two. It is far more rigid and previously, before climate change, Carema’s Nebbiolo had trouble ripening. The area’s steep slopes have caused trouble, a problem of the past with modern machinery. The vines are trellised on stone and lime pillars, giving the pretty countryside an unmistakable, appearance. Carema is an aristocratic, very long-lived red. With aromas and flavours reminiscent of sour red cherries, raspberry, red roses, and tar, the wines are similar to Barolo and Barbaresco. However, they have livelier acidities, a tighter structure, and great refinement.
Unlike Barolo and Barbaresco, Carema isn’t required to be 100% Nebbiolo. Many contain small percentages of other local varieties, such asm Croatina or Uva Rara, but must have a minimum of 85% Nebbiolo.
Fermented in stainless steel vats, it was macerated for 12 days. It was refined into big wooden casks for 12 months and for a further 6 months in bottles. Pale ruby to tawny in colour. It has a complex nose of small, wild red fruits, forest undergrowth, crushed stones and hints of cinnamon. It has a light to medium body, refined with lively acidity, noble tannins and a long spicy finish. Suitable for dishes such as agnolotti, risotto, polenta, black grouse or pheasant, grilled meat, salami and slightly mature cheese.