Ferrari-Carano Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
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.
RiceSelect's creamy Arborio gets blended with sweet potato, coconut milk and vanilla to create this decadent cheesecake. Pairs well with Saunternes; a white dessert wine that has hints of coconut from aging in oak barrels.
Editorial Reviews for Ferrari-Carano Cabernet Sauvignon
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
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 Cabernet Sauvignon
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.
The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignonrsquo;s dense ruby/purple color is followed by notes of blackberries, black currants, spice, and background oak. Medium-bodied with elevated levels of tannins as well as good structure and depth, it will benefit from 1ndash;3 years of bottle age, and evolve for 12ndash;15 years.
Smells just gorgeous and tastes the same way. This is a Cab to savor. Itrsquo;s pure Alexander Valley, soft, dry and complex, with rich cherry and vanilla fruit, accented by smoky oak. The tannins are gentle and finely grained.
This rich, full-bodied Cab has hints of cassis liqueur, coffee and olive, followed by delicate oak that heightens the whole experience. Serve with grilled lamb chops and sauteacute;ed zucchini.
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.
Dark ruby cast. Moderately full-bodied. Balanced acidity. Moderately extracted and oaked. Mildly tannic. Chocolate, earth, black fruits. Pleasantly aromatic, with a full and rich mouthfeel. Supple, lush and velvety, with a firm structure through the finish. Well balanced.
The fruit for our 2007 Ferrari-Carano Cabernet Sauvignon comes primarilyfrom mountain-grown fruit in Alexander Valley. Fog drifts over the tops ofthe coastal mountains and burns off quickly in the morning sunshine,resulting in a warm climate with almost full sun throughout the day - idealconditions for our cabernet sauvignon mountain vineyards. With aromas ofblackberry jam, baking spices, pure maple syrup and black tea, this winedelights with rich delicious flavors of caramel, espresso and dark chocolate.A juicy and full mid-palate, rich, mouth-coating tannins and excellent depthcharacterize this lovely Cabernet Sauvignon.
Food Pairings for Ferrari-Carano Cabernet Sauvignon
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.
Notes: 100% French oak
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