2009 Ferrando "La Torrazza" Canavese Rosso

SKU #1077014

An intriguing blend of Nebbiolo and Barbara from the Canavese DOC up near the border with the Valle d'Aosta, this wine positivley smacks of mountain berries, high toned floral notes, an indisputible minerality, and just an overall sense of "mountains". I was quite intrigued when I tasted this wine and think it would be a phenomenal red to accompany light meat dishes or rustic pastas. CM, LA Italian wine specialist.

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By: Chris Miller | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/26/2011 | Send Email
I’ve been involved with buying exclusively Italian wine for almost three years now, and not just the “blue chip” Baroli, Brunelli and “Super Tuscans” (a term, by the way, that really has no meaning anymore), but delving into the most obscure, remote, little exported wines made in every nook and cranny of bella Italia. Still, every now and then, I come across a little DOC I’ve never heard of, let alone tasted. So I was like “What the hell is this?” when I tasted this wine a while back, as I was utterly intrigued by it. It’s from the northwestern most reaches of Piemonte, almost to the Valle d’Aosta, which is in turn the gateway to France through the Alps. A blend of Nebbiolo (here called Spanna), and a bit of Barbara (I can’t get a definitive answer on the exact blend), this wine is a super cool interplay of fruit and savory. Blackberry liquor and dark red cherries meets an almost beef bouillon-y nose, with hints of wild herbs and just a touch of Domain Tempier-like brettanomyces. Medium bodied with fine tannins and medium plus acidity. This wine is not delicate, but I’d suggest lighter far as I tried it with some pulled beef over corn bread and it was a little overwhelmed by the food, and essentially ruined when I dumped some hot salsa on it (I switched to a beer and came back to the wine later). Anyway, a very lovely wine that any geek worth his or her salt will totally dig. Highly recommend checking it out. CM

By: Chris Bottarini | Review Date: 11/13/2011
Saturated ruby in the glass. Earth, minerals, blue fruits, cherries & roses on the nose. Lots coming from the glass with each whiff. Red fruits & plums show on the attack with light tannin & acid. Has a lip smacking juicy quality to it.

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