Ferrari-Carano Merlot 2011
"The cool climate, valley-floor vineyards produce supple, fruit-forward wine, while the mountaintop vineyard fruit lends intensity and structure. Upon entering the winery, the hand-harvested grapes are destemmed, cold soaked for five days and then fermented in tank before gentle pressing. The wine is moved to barrels and aged for 16 months, allowing for the perfect balance of fruit, tannin, and oak." - Wine Maker "Select lots of grapes are chosen from our vineyards in Sonoma County to create this beautifully-balanced and full-bodied 2010 Ferrari-Carano Merlot. This is a velvety wine with a complex nose of fresh-picked blackberries, black tea, cedar, red cherry and licorice. A fleshy and generous mouthfeel is followed by notes of bittersweet cinnamon, mocha and tobacco. This wine has full, generous tannins that coat the palate, impressive length and lasting acidity." -Winery
Cherry, melon, prune, dark fruit, sweet caramel, cream cheese, cotton candy, coffee, licorice and pepper on the nose. After 1 ½ hours, nose turns vegetable and closes off. Initial heat attacks the top back palate, followed by sour fruit (apple), black cherry and bell pepper in the middle. This wine starts tight, then opens briefly, then closes again. The cycle repeats itself. Smooth texture soon fades back to plainness, then comes back again to velvet at 2 hours. May need another year in the cellar to achieve balance and expose its qualities more evenly.
Chose this as my dinner wine two weeks ago when dining with an old friend who was traveling through the area. Having not seen him in over twenty years, I had to endure 2 hours of his graphic and excruciatingly detailed account of a 1998 boating accident in which he lost his left arm. The gruesome yarn put a pall over my experience with this wine. My recollection is that it had a medium body with a lengthy finish, unfortunately neither as lengthy as my friend's tale of woe nor the appendage that now hangs from his left shoulder.
over-bearing, buttery, milky, deep color
Shared a bottle with 4 friends at a restaurant; we all had different Italian meals (seafood, tomato-based pasta, cream-based, beef, saffron, etc) and this wine complemented the meals perfectly. Versatile, balanced. I'd buy it again.
"chocolate covered cherries" sums it up for me, plus a long, smoky, oaky finish. Could pass for something else, like a zin…. I really liked it, but this is my style preference. Might not please everyone.
I have been drinking all of the Carano wines over the years and I have found that price to quality ration that all their wines are of great value.
Smooth and delicious.
External Reviews for Ferrari-Carano Merlot
The fruit forward, easy drinking qualities of our Merlot make it the perfect wine to pair with any red meat course, Italian entree, and roasted or grilled fragrantly-spiced poultry dishes.
The fruit forward, easy drinking qualities of our 2006 Ferrari-Carano Merlot make it the perfect wine to pair with any red meat course, Italian entrée, and roasted or grilled fragrantly-spiced poultry dishes.
Wine Tasting NotesOur Merlot is a complex, multi-dimensional wine boasting wild-berry fruit and cherry flavors shaded with chocolate-malt characteristics. It is rich and medium-bodied, and has exceptional balance and length.
Food Pairings for Ferrari-Carano Merlot
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