If you’re asking what Carema is, that’s okay. It’s Nebbiolo made in a tiny sub-appellation in Piedmont, right on the Valle d’Aosta border. Rosenthal once explained, “Barolo is Piedmont’s prized fighter but Carema is the ballerina.” I can see what he means.
This is an elegant Nebbiolo made off of little parcels atop government subsidized hillsides. It’s a high altitude expression of Nebbiolo, I find it usually mirrors Barbaresco more than Barolo. The best way to put it might be that it’s a wine that bridges the gap between Barolo and Burgundy better than anything.
If you find that this one has some Barolo characteristics though, there’s also a reason for that. The wine is made by the ultra-formidable Roberto Contero of Giacomo Conterno fame, who makes this wine because he absolutely loves Carema and loves being a part of its journey.
It just so happens that the 2018 Carema that Roberto makes happens to be one of his all-time best bottlings. Antonio Galloni absolutely loved it, calling it a “terrific introduction to these wines” as well as declaring, “in a nutshell this is what Carema is all about”.
91 Points, Antonio Galloni – Vinous
The 2018 Carema is a terrific introduction to these wines. Bright and airy in feel, the 2018 is laced with the essence of sweet candied cherry, game, licorice, tobacco, dried flowers and incense. In a nutshell, this is what Carema is all about. The 2018 is just a bit rustic and gamy, but it makes up for that with its personality and overall expression of the appellation.