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Ferrari-Carano Chardonnay Reserve 2005

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The 2005 Reserve Chardonnay is a blend of the finest lots of wine from Ferrari-Carano's Napa/Carneros and Alexander Valley vineyards. The cool climate of the Napa/Carneros region imparts its unique delicacy and finesse to the wine, while the Alexander Valley component adds an intensely rich mouth-filling tropical character. A fruit-focused wine offering exotic Asian pear, fig, quince and hazelnut overtones, the Reserve Chardonnay displays a delicious brown spice, and apple character supplemented by a rich, creamy buttery finish. Vintage Notes A mild late spring and summer ensured a healthy canopy, which provided the perfect combination of sunlight and heat penetrating the grape clusters. These conditions allowed the grapes to reach full maturity in both flavor and structure. Harvest was completed mid-October. Winemakers Notes Each individual lot for this wine was whole cluster pressed and then cold settled for two days in stainless steel tanks before moving to barrels for fermentation. The wines completed 60 percent malolactic fermentation and were sur lie aged in French oak barrels and stirred every two weeks for ten months until blending in June. Then the blended wine was aged for an additional six months in 30% new French oak until bottling. The end result is a captivating wine with tropical overtones supplemented by toasty almond with impressive balance and length. Appellation: 86% Napa/Carneros, 14% Alexander Valley Blend: 100% Chardonnay Cooperage: 100% new French oak Release Day: September 2007 Rhonda's Recipe and Pairing Notes Smoked Chicken Ravioli In addition to a wide variety of appetizers, seafood such as shellfish and poultry dishes, the 2005 Reserve Chardonnay pairs perfectly with richer foods that enhances this fuller bodied and deliciously creamy wine.

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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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06/17/2009

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External Reviews for Ferrari-Carano Chardonnay Reserve

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Source: Shop Wine Direct
01/17/2009

Wine Tasting NotesThe Reserve Chardonnay is a blend of the finest lots of wine from Ferrari-Caranos Carneros and Alexander Valley vineyards. The cool climate of the Napa/Carneros region imparts its unique delicacy and finesse to the wine, while the Alexander Valley component adds an intensely rich mouth-filling tropical character. A fruit-focused wine offering green apple with citrus overtones, the Reserve Chardonnay displays a delicious almond character supplemented by a warm, toasty oak finish.



The 2005 Reserve Chardonnay is a blend of the finest lots of wine from Ferrari-Carano's Napa/Carneros and Alexander Valley vineyards. The cool climate of the Napa/Carneros region imparts its unique delicacy and finesse to the wine, while the Alexander Valley component adds an intensely rich mouth-filling tropical character. A fruit-focused wine offering exotic Asian pear, fig, quince and hazelnut overtones, the Reserve Chardonnay displays a delicious brown spice, and apple character supplemented by a rich, creamy buttery finish. Vintage Notes A mild late spring and summer ensured a healthy canopy, which provided the perfect combination of sunlight and heat penetrating the grape clusters. These conditions allowed the grapes to reach full maturity in both flavor and structure. Harvest was completed mid-October. Winemakers Notes Each individual lot for this wine was whole cluster pressed and then cold settled for two days in stainless steel tanks before moving to barrels for fermentation. The wines completed 60 percent malolactic fermentation and were sur lie aged in French oak barrels and stirred every two weeks for ten months until blending in June. Then the blended wine was aged for an additional six months in 30% new French oak until bottling. The end result is a captivating wine with tropical overtones supplemented by toasty almond with impressive balance and length. Appellation: 86% Napa/Carneros, 14% Alexander Valley Blend: 100% Chardonnay Cooperage: 100% new French oak Release Day: September 2007 Rhonda's Recipe and Pairing Notes Smoked Chicken Ravioli In addition to a wide variety of appetizers, seafood such as shellfish and poultry dishes, the 2005 Reserve Chardonnay pairs perfectly with richer foods that enhances this fuller bodied and deliciously creamy wine.

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