Ferrari Carano Chardonnay Sonoma 2011

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Over 60 individual Chardonnay lots are either whole-cluster pressed or gently de-stemmed, crushed, pressed, and then cold settled for two days in stainless steel tanks before moving to barrels for fermentation. Aged separately in French oak, the wines complete 85 percent malolactic fermentation and are sur lie aged and stirred every two weeks for ten months

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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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Coconut Rice Sweet Potato Cheesecake

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.

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External Reviews for Ferrari Carano Chardonnay Sonoma

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
07/31/2013

The 2011 Ferrari-Carano Chardonnay from Sonoma County has superior lots of wine from our vineyards in Alexander Valley, Russian River Valley, Carneros and Dry Creek Valley. This full-bodied Chardonnay boasts aromas of baked apple, marshmallow, pear, citrus and a hint of graham cracker, perfectly balanced by flavors of Fuji apple, lemon, vanilla and lingering, creamy toasted oak notes. - WineryAPPELLATION:80% Alexander Valley11% Russian River Valley6% Carneros3% Dry Creek Valley COOPERAGE:35% new French oak65% older French oakAlcohol: 14.1%pH: 3.44TA: 0.60


External Review
Source: NapaCabs.com
07/19/2013

Situated only 20 miles from the Pacific Ocean, the Russian River Valley is one of the coolest grape growing regions in Sonoma County, ideal for Ferrari-Carano's Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc grapes. Summer fog frequently rolls in from the ocean into the valley by mid-afternoon and lingers until well after sunrise the following morning.


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

The 2011 Ferrari-Carano Chardonnay from Sonoma County has superior lots of wine from our vineyards in Alexander Valley, Russian River Valley, Carneros and Dry Creek Valley. This full-bodied Chardonnay boasts aromas of baked apple, marshmallow, pear, citrus and a hint of graham cracker, perfectly balanced by flavors of Fuji apple, lemon, vanilla and lingering, creamy toasted oak notes. - WineryAPPELLATION:80% Alexander Valley11% Russian River Valley6% Carneros3% Dry Creek Valley COOPERAGE:35% new French oak65% older French oakAlcohol: 14.1%pH: 3.44TA: 0.60 ** SOLD OUT **


External Review
Source: The Wine Buyer
01/16/2013

A delicious, medium-bodied wine with aromas and flavors of Meyer lemon, pears, green apple, peach, marshmallow, fig and brown sugar. A wine with bright fruit and nice acidity, the Tre Terre Chardonnay has nutmeg, creamy butter and oak spice nuances that linger on the finish.


External Review
09/12/2013

This wine is an elegant, well-balanced style, not full of butter an oak like some Reserve Chardonnays. From our cool, windy vineyards in the Carneros region of Napa County come grapes with clean bright acidity and intense aroma. From Our Alexander Valley vineyards in Sonoma County come the rich, tropical notes of classic California Chardonnay. The two sources combine to yield a wine that is beautifully focused and balanced between fruit and oak, with elegance and finesse


External Review
Source: NapaCabs.com
07/19/2013

Major Savings by the Case! Situated only 20 miles from the Pacific Ocean, the Russian River Valley is one of the coolest grape growing regions in Sonoma County, ideal for Ferrari-Carano's Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc grapes. Summer fog frequently rolls in from the ocean into the valley by mid-afternoon and lingers until well after sunrise the following morning.



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Over 60 individual Chardonnay lots are either whole-cluster pressed or gently de-stemmed, crushed, pressed, and then cold settled for two days in stainless steel tanks before moving to barrels for fermentation. Aged separately in French oak, the wines complete 85 percent malolactic fermentation and are sur lie aged and stirred every two weeks for ten months

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