Ferrari-Carano Vineyards & Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 2004

Winemaker's Notes:

The fruit for our 2004 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. A powerful wine with great finesse, this wine is a deep, glowing garnet color with a concentrated nose of dark chocolate, black tea and ripe, juicy blackberry and boysenberry fruit accompanied by toffee, caramel, and licorice flavors on the palate. With a delicious, concentrated fruit entry, ripe, showy tannins and a long finish, this wine will continue to improve with age.

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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

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Snooth User: stefankubicki
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06/11/2011

Well balanced, soo tasty. Great with my steak!


External Reviews for Ferrari-Carano Vineyards & Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2012 01/27/2015

The outstanding 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley displays classy notes of charcoal, camphor, blackcurrants, licorice and forest floor. Full-bodied with sweet tannin, a nicely layered mouthfeel, and an accessible personality, it spent 16 months in French oak, a component that frames the wine but does not intrude on the aromatics or flavors. This beauty showcases the high quality Cabernet Sauvignon that often comes from Alexander Valley. Drink it over the next 10–15 years.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2012 01/27/2015

This wine is composed primarily of Cabernet Sauvignon blended with Syrah. The hand-harvested grapes enter the gravity-flow winery and whole berries are gravity fed into tanks for fermenting before pressing. Individual lots are moved to barrels for malolactic fermentation, then blended and cave aged for 16 months prior to bottling, allowing for the perfect balance of fruit, tannin and oak.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2011 03/15/2014

Flavors of rich, ripe blackberry jam, mocha and toast are wrapped into firm but refined tannins in this Cabernet. The most basic of the winery's Cabs, and the first of the vintage to be released, it's drinking well now and bodes well for the coming 2011 reserves and blends. - S.H. Our Ferrari-Carano Cabernet Sauvignon comes from mountain-grown fruit in Alexander Valley. Cedar, graphite, fresh blackberry and spice aromas delight with a soft mouth feel that boasts flavors of mocha, black tea, wild berry and clove. Velvety tannins and sweet notes of caramel and chocolate abound in the finish. - WineryBLEND:80% Cabernet Sauvignon11% Syrah9% Petit VerdotCOOPERAGE: 45% new French and Hungarian oak, 55% older oak


External Review
Source: NapaCabs.com
Vintage: 2011 11/08/2013

Our vineyard practices are customized to match the particular characteris-tics of each vineyard, to help the vines produce the best fruit possible, and in turn, the best wine possible. The bottom line is quality without compromise. This is a commitment we feel is reflected in every bottle of our wine.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2011 11/04/2014

Our Ferrari-Carano Cabernet Sauvignon comes from mountain-grown fruit in Alexander Valley. Cedar, graphite, fresh blackberry and spice aromas delight with a soft mouth feel that boasts flavors of mocha, black tea, wild berry and clove. Velvety tannins and sweet notes of caramel and chocolate abound in the finish. - WineryBLEND:80% Cabernet Sauvignon11% Syrah9% Petit VerdotCOOPERAGE: 45% new French and Hungarian oak, 55% older oak


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2011 01/26/2015

Our Ferrari-Carano Cabernet Sauvignon comes from mountain-grown fruit in Alexander Valley. Cedar, graphite, fresh blackberry and spice aromas delight with a soft mouth feel that boasts flavors of mocha, black tea, wild berry and clove. Velvety tannins and sweet notes of caramel and chocolate abound in the finish. - Winery BLEND: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon 11% Syrah 9% Petit Verdot COOPERAGE: 45% new French and Hungarian oak, 55% older oak


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2010 01/30/2013

Our Ferrari-Carano Cabernet Sauvignon comes from mountain-grown fruit in Alexander Valley. Delicious, ripe blackberries, blueberry pie, cassis and cedar aromas delight with a smooth and harmonious mouthfeel that boasts flavors of Bing cherry, boysenberry syrup, graham cracker and milk chocolate. Velvety tannins generously coat the palate while the finish is supple and long with vanilla and caramel notes from French oak aging. - WineryAppellation: Alexander ValleyBlend:81% Cabernet Sauvignon15% Syrah4% Petit VerdotCooperage: 40% new French oak, 60% older French oak


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The fruit for our 2004 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. A powerful wine with great finesse, this wine is a deep, glowing garnet color with a concentrated nose of dark chocolate, black tea and ripe, juicy blackberry and boysenberry fruit accompanied by toffee, caramel, and licorice flavors on the palate. With a delicious, concentrated fruit entry, ripe, showy tannins and a long finish, this wine will continue to improve with age.

Notes: 35% new French, Hungarian and American oak; 65% older French oak


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