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Ferrari-Carano Vineyards & Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 2008

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This wine is composed of primarily Cabernet Sauvignon, blended with small amounts of Syrah and Petit Verdot. The hand harvested grapes enter the gravity flow winery and are hand sorted, then whole berries are gravity fed into tanks for fermenting before pressing. Individual lots are moved to barrels for malolactic fermentation, then blended and barrel aged for 18 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

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

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Snooth User: cgplayer9
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3.50 5
10/15/2012

On the nose, blackberries and a combination of wet leaves and minerals. On the palate, I thought this was well balanced, but perhaps just a tad too smooth: good dark fruitiness but not jammy, discernible but not overbearing oak, slightly dusty tannins, enough acidity to just accent the fruit. Medium to full bodied, nice long aromatic, peppered meat finish.


Snooth User: Eric Tinch
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4.50 5
04/24/2012

Great all around. I was expecting a bigger body, but it had great balance.


Snooth User: primatefan
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5.00 5
09/20/2011

Five glasses


Snooth User: stefankubicki
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2004 06/11/2011

Well balanced, soo tasty. Great with my steak!


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

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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2011 04/22/2015

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


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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.


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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


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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: 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


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2010 03/15/2014

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 ** SOLD OUT **


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2009 01/30/2013

This smooth, polished Cab boasts a tasty mix of forward ripe plum, black cherry and berry fruit thats easy to drink, ending with cedar, road tar and tobacco notes. Drink now through 2020. 18,250 cases made. -JL Our Ferrari-Carano Cabernet Sauvignon comes primarily from mountaingrown fruit in Alexander Valley. Ripe black cherry aromas delight along with fresh boysenberry, spicy essences of clove, cedar and tea. Up-front flavors of juicy blackberry, vanilla and cola are complemented by lingering notes of dark chocolate. This wine has excellent viscosity and smooth, pleasant structure with refined, yet generous, layers of tannin. - WineryAPPELLATION: Alexander ValleyBLEND:82% Cabernet Sauvignon16% Syrah2% Petit VerdotCOOPERAGE: 33% new French oak, 67% older French oakAlcohol: 14.5%pH/TA: 3.77/0.6 ** SOLD OUT **


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This wine is composed of primarily Cabernet Sauvignon, blended with small amounts of Syrah and Petit Verdot. The hand harvested grapes enter the gravity flow winery and are hand sorted, then whole berries are gravity fed into tanks for fermenting before pressing. Individual lots are moved to barrels for malolactic fermentation, then blended and barrel aged for 18 months and aged an additional nine months in bottle, allowing for the perfect balance of fruit, tannin and oak.

Dietary Information: Organic

Notes: 30% new French oak, 70% older French oak


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