2016 is just being released, and we are jumping on it before the press. As it has been with Piedmonte, '15 is fantastic, and in many cases, '16 is as good if not better, which we have seen many times over. In 2015 this got huge scores and was very well received, and we can almost guarantee this will be in the mid-90s range. Carema is a Northern look at Nebilolo from Piedmonte and is an area rich in history and winemaking tradition dating as far back as 1460. Here the traditional vine-growing techniques are used to grow above a stone pillar pergola high enough to walk under, described by Barolo Producer Renato Ratti as the "Temples of Bacchus." The stone pillars soak up the sun during the day and provide some heat at night, similar to the rocks of Chateauneuf du Pape. Nebbiolo from this appellation has very moderate alcohol and shows sweet red fruits with intricate floral and spice notes. The Riserva ages for three years and 18 months of that time is spent in large barrels. These wines also have very long life spans, able to keep up to 30 years, but can be drunk now, especially with some decanting. This is a serious value from a traditional appellation and producer that shows Nebbiolo differently and compared to Ferrando; this is less than half the price.