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Ferrari-Carano Vineyards & Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

Winemaker's Notes:

Our Home Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon is truly a wine with a story. A first-time-ever, vineyard-designate bottling, this wine comes from the first vineyard Don and Rhonda purchased over 30 years ago, when they first discovered Sonoma County wine country. Located in Alexander Valley and affectionately called the Home Ranch, this two-tiered, steep, west-facing vineyard sits atop the elevated valley floor and enjoys full sunshine. The hand-harvested grapes enter the gravity-flow winery and are hand sorted, then whole berries are gravity fed into French oak fermentors, cold soaked, and then fermented for 28 days on skins. After gently, small batch pressing, wine is gravity fed to French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation, then blended and barrel aged for 20 months and aged an additional nine months in bottle, allowing for the perfect balance of fruit, tannin and oak.

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Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery:
Ferrari-Carano vineyard practices are customized to match the particular characteristics of each vineyard to help the vines produce the best fruit possible, and to in turn, achieve the best wine possible. Directed by Don Carano and orchestrated under the supervision of Steve Domenichelli, Director of Vineyard Operations, these practices are extremely labor intensive. Steve and his team imple... Read more
Ferrari-Carano vineyard practices are customized to match the particular characteristics of each vineyard to help the vines produce the best fruit possible, and to in turn, achieve the best wine possible. Directed by Don Carano and orchestrated under the supervision of Steve Domenichelli, Director of Vineyard Operations, these practices are extremely labor intensive. Steve and his team implement irrigation and nutrient regimes, trellis system and canopy management, rootstock and clone combinations, and pruning and cane selection for each vineyard site and each block within a vineyard. Because of Sonoma County's diverse geological makeup, even within one vineyard parcel there may be several different types of soil with different degrees of nutrients for vines and water-holding capacity. In addition, Steve and his team practice sustainable farming techniques, such as recycling organic matter for use as mulch in the vineyards, planting cover crops and other plant species to avoid soil erosion, add desirable nutrients back to the soil and to attract desirable insects, and integrating animals to naturally enhance biodiversity and nutrient recycling. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Ferrari-Carano Vineyards & Winery Cabernet Sauvignon

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065221,239
4.50 5
07/06/2011

Immediately rather complex with wood spice tones augmented by a lovely gentle herbal element that helps to frame the core of black and red currant fruit. There’s a fine little earthy streak, as well with a soft root cellar note. This is opulent on entry, rich and seamless with masses of dark, currant fruit backed up by notes of black olive, toast and very gentle vegetal notes. A big wine but well-crafted, in the modern style no doubt; and perhaps a bit too soft, but full of rich, dark fruit that powers across the long finish. I would like to see a bit more brightness here but there is no denying the depth and complexity. Finishes with carob and dried fruit notes along with the toasty wood spice. 91pts


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Snooth User: estam
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3.50 5
05/14/2011

2007 Ferrari-Carano Cabernet Sauvignon - Alexander Valley, a pleasant suprise. A good value that seems to have gone unnoticed. Get some, before its all gone!


External Reviews for Ferrari-Carano Vineyards & Winery Cabernet Sauvignon

11/12/2010

Rating: 88/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the August 2010 issue. Deep and rich in their well-focused curranty fruit, and if not entirely outgoing, the aromas provide an accurate preview of the wine's attractive, slightly refined and still developing flavors. Supple at entry and a bit round at the edges and thus inviting early enjoyment, this bottling runs comfortably across the palate and finishes well.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Drinkable now. Unlikely to improve with further aging.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

This soft Cab seems dialed in. Therersquo;s nothing wrong with it, itrsquo;s just formulaic in the well-ripened black currant flavors, standard smoky oak, and smooth texture.


External Review
Source: CityWineCellar.com
01/26/2011

88 Points - The Wine Advocate "The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon's dense ruby/purple color is followed by notes of blackberries, black currants, spice, and background oak. Medium-bodied with elevated levels of tannin as well as good structure and depth, it will benefit from 1-3 years of bottle age, and evolve for 12-15 years. "Winemaker's notes: The fruit for our 2007 Ferrari-Carano Cabernet Sauvignon comes primarily from mountain-grown fruit in Alexander Valley. Fog drifts over the tops of the coastal mountains and burns off quickly in the morning sunshine, resulting in a warm climate with almost full sun throughout the day ideal conditions for our cabernet sauvignon mountain vineyards. With aromas of blackberry jam, baking spices, pure maple syrup and black tea, this wine delights with rich delicious flavors of caramel, espresso and dark chocolate. A juicy and full mid-palate, rich, mouth-coating tannins and excellent depth characterize this lovely Cabernet Sauvignon. Our 2007 Ferrari-Carano Cabernet Sauvignon pairs well with roasted, broiled or barbecued heavy game and red meats such as lamb, beef, pork and veal. Medium and strong-flavored cheeses, such as blue cheese or sharp cheddar, also pair nicely with Cabernet Sauvignon.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Very oaky with an enormity of char, vanilla and toast, and all this wood has not yet integrated in with the wine it frames. The underlying flavors are ripe and opulent, spreading in a peacockrsquo;s tail over the palate with cherry pie, creme de cassis and chocolate. Give this beautiful wine until 2005 or beyond to pop the cork.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Marked by spicy, earthy and leathery flavors and scents, this is dry and austere on the palate, with hints of dried currant, berry, mineral and sage peeking through on the finish. Drink now through 2013.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

In the lean, linear style of Alexander Valley cabernet, this wine feels cool and direct, with a lasting flavor of black cherries. The dusty, coffee-scented tannins will meld into braised lamb.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Tightly wound, firm and concentrated, with dense currant, floral and wild berry flavors that are well-proportioned. Finishes with a burst of fruit, but also chewy tannins. Decant. Drink now through 2012.


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Tasting Notes:

An elegant wine with rich aromas and flavors of black currant, blackberry pie and cherry cola, a full mid-palate, broad and round tannins, with a spicy, racy finish.

Our Home Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon is truly a wine with a story. A first-time-ever, vineyard-designate bottling, this wine comes from the first vineyard Don and Rhonda purchased over 30 years ago, when they first discovered Sonoma County wine country. Located in Alexander Valley and affectionately called the Home Ranch, this two-tiered, steep, west-facing vineyard sits atop the elevated valley floor and enjoys full sunshine. The hand-harvested grapes enter the gravity-flow winery and are hand sorted, then whole berries are gravity fed into French oak fermentors, cold soaked, and then fermented for 28 days on skins. After gently, small batch pressing, wine is gravity fed to French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation, then blended and barrel aged for 20 months and aged an additional nine months in bottle, allowing for the perfect balance of fruit, tannin and oak.

Closure: Cork

Aged 20 months in French Oak.

Notes: 100% French oak

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 14.5%

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