La Carella is one of the historically great vineyards of Ghemme, situated on the upper level of the southwest facing hillsides east of the village and dating back to the pre-Roman 4th century B.C. In Celtic, Carelledunum meant the heights of Carella. There are more clay and pebbles in the terroir here, which naturally made this an easier vineyard to work and achieve more uniform ripening, thus its prized place in the historical lineup of vineyards.
Dark ruby red color shines with good intensity and exudes thick viscosity to the eye. The bouquet is persistent but ethereal showing good lift, stones and red fruit notes. In the mouth, the middle is thick and unctuous showing flavors of licorice and resin all held together with ripe, coated tannins. The structure is elegant, but solid. This is very classy wine worth aging for 5-10 years to achieve its maximum potential, though it drinks well young too, like most great wines.
The wine is aged in botti, large oak casks, for two years and then in bottle for one year before release. Three years of aging is required for Ghemme DOCG.