Around Christmas I wrote about a wine I had never tasted before and had it with fish on Christmas Eve - the Ferrando La Torrazza Erbaluce di Caluso, an interesting white from Piemonte. Recently I saw a red by the same producer - the 2010 Ferrando La Torrazza Canavese Rosso. I was intrigued by it and had to bring home a bottle. It’s a blend of Nebbiolo and Barbera. I’ve had wines made from each of those grapes many times but never as a blend, so I was curious as to what it would be like.
It’s a fairly deep red color and due to its high alcohol content of 14% it stains the glass. It shows characteristics of both red and dark fruit, baking spices, and vanilla and chocolate near the finish. The aroma shows more “funk” than the flavor does - in fact, the flavors are very traditional and reflect the Piemonte terroir. The wine has a nice texture, bright acidity, a clean and smooth feel, and a nice finish.