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Ferrari-Carano Chardonnay Chardonnay California 2008

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Formerly called our “Alexander Valley Chardonnay”, our 2008 vintage Ferrari-Carano Chardonnay is now labeled with a Sonoma County appellation, as we’ve added superior lots of wine from our vineyards in Russian River Valley and Carneros, combined with Alexander Valley fruit. And for the first time ever, our Chardonnay is now embellished with a screw cap in order to retain the freshness and fruit character of this delicious wine. With upfront apple, pear, honey, butter cream, and honeysuckle floral notes, this wine is perfectly balanced with fruit and creamy caramel, marshmallow and a lingering, toasted oak finish. Food Pairings: This versatile, full-bodied Chardonnay pairs perfectly with fish, poultry, white meat and pasta entrees.

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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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Member Reviews for Ferrari-Carano Chardonnay Chardonnay California

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Snooth User: Nicki Gig
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11/09/2010

Vanilla, oak, pear, golden apples some pineapple, bannana tropical fruit rounder and more fruit like than the honig sauvignon blanc I had earlier


External Reviews for Ferrari-Carano Chardonnay Chardonnay California

11/12/2010

Rating: 85/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the October 2010 issue. Compact young fruit with a dash of lees and hints of a steely, citrusy, piquant orange edge to the more dominant green appley aromatic character signals a fairly tight wine on the palate and that is exactly what one gets. It is fairly brisk in feel and slightly juicy in styling with a clean, balanced but somewhat attenuated finish. Try it with pan-grilled trout.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Drinkable now. Unlikely to improve with further aging.


07/05/2011

"Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the October 2010 issue. Exhibiting a somewhat lighter touch than its cellarmate above but just about as full in body and sharing in that wine's energetic finish


07/05/2011

"Rating: 85/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the October 2010 issue. Compact young fruit with a dash of lees and hints of a steely


11/12/2010

Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the October 2010 issue. Exhibiting a somewhat lighter touch than its cellarmate above but just about as full in body and sharing in that wine's energetic finish, this one favors green apples, roasted grains and a kiss of sweet oak in its aromas. Its glyceriny texture at entry adds a bit of viscosity and the firm fruit flavors carry well across the palate and into a fairly polished finish. Time is on its side, but it drinks nicely even now.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Drinkable now. Further bottle aging can improve this wine.


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Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Here's a bottle of California's favorite white in a ripe and rich style. It's complex and concentrated, with lovely pear, apricot, tangerine and melon flavors that gain in opulence and pick up a pleasingly spicy note. Drink now through 2002.


External Review
01/18/2011

Another delicious blockbuster Chardonnay from Ferrari Carano. This has that classic California style: fruit, butter, and vanilla.


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

Elegant, even delicate in style, this northern Sonoma-grown Chardonnay shows a tasty mix of spicy pear, apple, melon and light oak shadings, finishes with a complex interplay of fruit and oak. Drink now through 2000.


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Formerly called our “Alexander Valley Chardonnay”, our 2008 vintage Ferrari-Carano Chardonnay is now labeled with a Sonoma County appellation, as we’ve added superior lots of wine from our vineyards in Russian River Valley and Carneros, combined with Alexander Valley fruit. And for the first time ever, our Chardonnay is now embellished with a screw cap in order to retain the freshness and fruit character of this delicious wine. With upfront apple, pear, honey, butter cream, and honeysuckle floral notes, this wine is perfectly balanced with fruit and creamy caramel, marshmallow and a lingering, toasted oak finish. Food Pairings: This versatile, full-bodied Chardonnay pairs perfectly with fish, poultry, white meat and pasta entrees.

Dietary Information: Organic

Notes: 50% new French oak; 50% older French oak


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