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Ferrari-Carano Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 2014

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TASTING NOTES: Our Ferrari-Carano Cabernet Sauvignon comes from mountain-grown fruit in Alexander Valley. Vibrant aromatics of cassis, mocha, dried cherries, mint, cola and smoky leather awaken the senses, while fullbodied flavors of black cherries and plums generously fill the palate. Lingering notes of toasty caramel round out the finish. VINTAGE NOTES: Our mountain vines are grown in shallow, rocky, low-vigor soil that adds impressive depth and concentration of flavors to the wine. 2014 gave us another great crop of grapes, despite a second year of farming under drought conditions. The growing season began with an early bud break, after a dry winter. A warm and dry spring was followed by a consistently warm summer leading to elevated temperatures toward the end of August prompting an earlier harvest than the past year. These favorable conditions resulted in wines featuring good color and tannin structure along with concentrated flavors. WINEMAKING NOTES: This wine is composed primarily of Cabernet Sauvignon blended with a small amount of Syrah. The grapes are hand harvested, sorted and destemmed. Whole berries are gently fed into tanks for three days of cold soaking before fermentation. Following the cold soak, yeast was added and pump overs commenced, one to two times daily, for the duration of primary fermentation. Once fermentation is complete, individual lots are drained and pressed to barrels for malolactic fermentation and cave ageing for 18 months. Prior to bottling the individual lots are blended, creating the perfect balance of fruit, tannin and oak. FOOD PAIRINGS: Our Cabernet Sauvignon pairs well with roasted, broiled or barbecued game and red meats such as lamb and beef, as well as pork and veal. Medium and strong-flavored cheeses, such as blue cheese or sharp Cheddar, also pair nicely with Cabernet Sauvignon. BLEND: Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah COOPERAGE: 29% new French, Eastern European and American oak; 71% older oak Alcohol: 14.5% pH: 3.82 TA: .57

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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

External Reviews for Ferrari-Carano Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
11/23/2017

TASTING NOTES: Our Ferrari-Carano Cabernet Sauvignon comes from mountain-grown fruit in Alexander Valley. Vibrant aromatics of cassis, mocha, dried cherries, mint, cola and smoky leather awaken the senses, while fullbodied flavors of black cherries and plums generously fill the palate. Lingering notes of toasty caramel round out the finish. VINTAGE NOTES: Our mountain vines are grown in shallow, rocky, low-vigor soil that adds impressive depth and concentration of flavors to the wine. 2014 gave us another great crop of grapes, despite a second year of farming under drought conditions. The growing season began with an early bud break, after a dry winter. A warm and dry spring was followed by a consistently warm summer leading to elevated temperatures toward the end of August prompting an earlier harvest than the past year. These favorable conditions resulted in wines featuring good color and tannin structure along with concentrated flavors. WINEMAKING NOTES: This wine is composed primarily of Cabernet Sauvignon blended with a small amount of Syrah. The grapes are hand harvested, sorted and destemmed. Whole berries are gently fed into tanks for three days of cold soaking before fermentation. Following the cold soak, yeast was added and pump overs commenced, one to two times daily, for the duration of primary fermentation. Once fermentation is complete, individual lots are drained and pressed to barrels for malolactic fermentation and cave ageing for 18 months. Prior to bottling the individual lots are blended, creating the perfect balance of fruit, tannin and oak. FOOD PAIRINGS: Our Cabernet Sauvignon pairs well with roasted, broiled or barbecued game and red meats such as lamb and beef, as well as pork and veal. Medium and strong-flavored cheeses, such as blue cheese or sharp Cheddar, also pair nicely with Cabernet Sauvignon. BLEND: Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah COOPERAGE: 29% new French, Eastern European and American oak; 71% older oak Alcohol: 14.5% pH: 3.82 TA: .57



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