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Ferrari-Carano Chardonnay Sonoma County 2009

Winemaker's Notes:

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. Aged separately in French oak, the wines complete 100 percent malolactic fermentation and are sur lie aged and stirred every two weeks for ten months.

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

Editorial Reviews for Ferrari-Carano Chardonnay Sonoma County

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065231,025
4.50 5
Vintage: 2010 12/18/2012

Lightly nutty and quite dry and earthy on the nose with gently aromatic dried apple and preserved citrus fruits layered over vanilla and ginger cream notes. A fine blend of bright acidity and creamy mouthfeel makes this bright and nervous in the mouth. The flavors are complex and broad on the palate with base notes of nuts, dried flowers and a very fine used wood sheen that supports crisp heirloom apple, green plum and dried lime flavors. The finish is long and a bit creamier and sweeter with vanilla notes coming to the fore over the sweet, ripe fruit and gently spicy oak flavors. There's a hint of sweetness that may be off-putting to some here but this is awfully good in this style. 91pts Acidity: Medium Perceived Sweetness: Medium Low Oak: Medium Low Spicy Flavors: Medium Low Savory Flavors: Medium Fruity Flavors: Medium High Intensity of Flavor: Medium Weight in Mouth: Medium


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Snooth User: ladyjane9
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0.00 5
Vintage: 2013 04/03/2016

Finally, an affordable, bold, oak-infused Chardonnay worthy of fine food pairings! I find that when Chardonnay is aged in stainless steel it imparts a sterile, acidic quality that makes the wine less memorable. Allowing the Chardonnay grapes to age in oak, as here, lends complexity and resonance to the wine.

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Unabashedly Oaky

Snooth User: wdurham
62175112
4.50 5
Vintage: 2012 05/20/2014

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: krjeanette
105203714
4.00 5
03/11/2012

Crisp, oak very YUMMI!


Snooth User: Nicki Gig
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2008 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


Snooth User: ScottLauraH
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3.00 5
Vintage: 2008 08/30/2011

Three glasses


Snooth User: ragflyer
15620346
5.00 5
Vintage: 2006 03/28/2009

For full bodied fruit oaky Chardonnay fans this is always on their favorite list! The wine maker’s and others notes capture the wine’s quality, although I don’t pick up nearly the apple seemingly suggested by the wine maker. As with most better quality Chards not over chilling is important and this wine’s full character presents at cool, but not overly so temperature.


Snooth User: Redman67
721895213
4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 01/13/2011

Four glasses


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External Reviews for Ferrari-Carano Chardonnay Sonoma County

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2014 04/11/2016

TASTING NOTES: The 2014 Ferrari-Carano Chardonnay from Sonoma County has superior lots of wine from our vineyards in Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley and Carneros. This full-bodied yet refreshing Chardonnay boasts aromas of lemon, pear, green apple, orange blossom, lychee and peach perfectly balanced by flavors of Meyer lemon, vanilla and graham cracker with a floral finish. VINTAGE NOTES: Overall 2014 was a good year. Spring produced great set, and despite a third year of drought conditions in our area vines produced ideal yields. Overall warmer temperatures during the summer months allowed fruit to achieve mature ripe flavors. WINEMAKER NOTES: Over 60 individual Chardonnay lots are gently destemmed, pressed, then cold settled for two days in stainless steel tanks before moving to barrels for fermentation. Aged separately in French oak, the wine completes 95 percent malolactic fermentation, then is sur lie aged and stirred every two weeks until bottling in June. FOOD PAIRINGS: This versatile Chardonnay pairs perfectly with seafood, poultry, white meats and dishes with cream sauces. Try preparations that include citrus, butter, cream, cheese, bacon, nutmeg, thyme, basil or toasted nuts. COOPERAGE: 20% new French oak 80% older French oak Alcohol: 14.2%


External Review
Vintage: 2012 02/04/2015

Sourced from vineyards in Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley and Carneros. Over 60 individual lots for this Ferrari-Carano Chard are gently destemmed, pressed, then cold settled for two days in stainless steel tanks before moving to barrels for fermentation. Aged separately in French oak, the wine completes 96% malolactic fermentation, then is sur lie aged and stirred every two weeks until blending. This full-bodied Chardonnay boasts aromas of pear, green apple, honeydew, orange, lychee and peach perfectly balanced by a fruity entry with refreshing acidity with flavors of Meyer lemon, honeysuckle, vanilla, pineapple and a floral finish.


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2012 11/04/2014

The 2012 Ferrari-Carano Chardonnay from Sonoma County has superior lots of wine from our vineyards in Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley and Carneros. This full-bodied Chardonnay boasts aromas of apple, citrus, pear and marshmallow perfectly balanced by flavors of quince, peach, lemon and hazelnut with lingering, creamy toasted oak notes. - WineryCOOPERAGE: 30% new French oak, 70% older French oak


External Review
Vintage: 2012 06/13/2015

Sourced from vineyards in Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley and Carneros. Over 60 individual lots for this Ferrari-Carano Chard are gently destemmed, pressed, then cold settled for two days in stainless steel tanks before moving to barrels for fermentation. Aged separately in French oak, the wine completes 96% malolactic fermentation, then is sur lie aged and stirred every two weeks until blending. Wine Enthusiast Magazine scored this 90 point saying "There are lots of buttered toast and popcorn flavors in this Chardonnay, but the underlying tropical fruits and pears are strong enough to stand up to them. It’s a decadent wine to drink with richly sauced shellfish dishes."


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2012 03/15/2014

There are lots of buttered toast and popcorn flavors in this Chardonnay, but the underlying tropical fruits and pears are strong enough to stand up to them. It's a decadent wine to drink with richly sauced shellfish dishes. - S.H. The 2012 Ferrari-Carano Chardonnay from Sonoma County has superior lots of wine from our vineyards in Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley and Carneros. This full-bodied Chardonnay boasts aromas of apple, citrus, pear and marshmallow perfectly balanced by flavors of quince, peach, lemon and hazelnut with lingering, creamy toasted oak notes. - WineryCOOPERAGE: 30% new French oak, 70% older French oak


External Review
Vintage: 2011 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
Vintage: 2011 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. Aged separately in French oak, the wines complete 100 percent malolactic fermentation and are sur lie aged and stirred every two weeks for ten months.

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Notes: 25% new French oak, 75% older French oak


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