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Ferrari-Carano Vineyards & Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

Winemaker's Notes:

Our Home Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon is truly a wine with a story. A first-time-ever, vineyard-designate bottling, this wine comes from the first vineyard Don and Rhonda purchased over 30 years ago, when they first discovered Sonoma County wine country. Located in Alexander Valley and affectionately called the Home Ranch, this two-tiered, steep, west-facing vineyard sits atop the elevated valley floor and enjoys full sunshine. The hand-harvested grapes enter the gravity-flow winery and are hand sorted, then whole berries are gravity fed into French oak fermentors, cold soaked, and then fermented for 28 days on skins. After gently, small batch pressing, wine is gravity fed to French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation, then blended and barrel aged for 20 months and aged an additional nine months in bottle, allowing for the perfect balance of fruit, tannin and oak.

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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

Editorial Reviews for Ferrari-Carano Vineyards & Winery Cabernet Sauvignon

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065223,796
4.50 5
07/06/2011

Immediately rather complex with wood spice tones augmented by a lovely gentle herbal element that helps to frame the core of black and red currant fruit. There’s a fine little earthy streak, as well with a soft root cellar note. This is opulent on entry, rich and seamless with masses of dark, currant fruit backed up by notes of black olive, toast and very gentle vegetal notes. A big wine but well-crafted, in the modern style no doubt; and perhaps a bit too soft, but full of rich, dark fruit that powers across the long finish. I would like to see a bit more brightness here but there is no denying the depth and complexity. Finishes with carob and dried fruit notes along with the toasty wood spice. 91pts


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Snooth User: cma238
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5.00 5
Vintage: 2011 05/17/2014

Experience the essence and excellence of Cali cabs through this wine. The unique soil, the ripe flavors, are all made evident by winemaking that is clearly expert.


Snooth User: missgldelx
505450137
3.00 5
Vintage: 2011 12/28/2013

Three glasses


Snooth User: estam
8997858
3.50 5
05/14/2011

2007 Ferrari-Carano Cabernet Sauvignon - Alexander Valley, a pleasant suprise. A good value that seems to have gone unnoticed. Get some, before its all gone!


External Reviews for Ferrari-Carano Vineyards & Winery Cabernet Sauvignon

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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2012 01/26/2015

The outstanding 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley displays classy notes of charcoal, camphor, blackcurrants, licorice and forest floor. Full-bodied with sweet tannin, a nicely layered mouthfeel, and an accessible personality, it spent 16 months in French oak, a component that frames the wine but does not intrude on the aromatics or flavors. This beauty showcases the high quality Cabernet Sauvignon that often comes from Alexander Valley. Drink it over the next 10–15 years.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2012 01/26/2015

This wine is composed primarily of Cabernet Sauvignon blended with Syrah. The hand-harvested grapes enter the gravity-flow winery and whole berries are gravity fed into tanks for fermenting before pressing. Individual lots are moved to barrels for malolactic fermentation, then blended and cave aged for 16 months prior to bottling, allowing for the perfect balance of fruit, tannin and oak.


External Review
Vintage: 2010 01/16/2013

Ripe blackberries, blueberry pie, cassis, cedar, Bing cherry, boysenberry syrup, graham cracker, milk chocolate, vanilla, caramel. Velvety tannins, supple, long finish.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 10/15/2011

With aromas of dark cherry, vanilla, mocha and earthy elements of mineral, this wine delights with delicious flavors of vibrant, red berry pie, caramel and fresh boysenberry on the finish. Lingering sweet oak notes add excellent depth and characterize this lovely Cabernet Sauvignon.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 07/06/2011

Winemaker's Notes - With aromas of blackberry jam, baking spices, pure maple syrup and black tea, this wine delights with rich delicious flavors of caramel, espresso and dark chocolate. A juicy and full mid-palate, rich, mouth-coating tannins and excellent depth characterize this lovely Cabernet Sauvignon.


11/12/2010

Rating: 88/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the August 2010 issue. Deep and rich in their well-focused curranty fruit, and if not entirely outgoing, the aromas provide an accurate preview of the wine's attractive, slightly refined and still developing flavors. Supple at entry and a bit round at the edges and thus inviting early enjoyment, this bottling runs comfortably across the palate and finishes well.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Drinkable now. Unlikely to improve with further aging.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

In the lean, linear style of Alexander Valley cabernet, this wine feels cool and direct, with a lasting flavor of black cherries. The dusty, coffee-scented tannins will meld into braised lamb.


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Tasting Notes:

An elegant wine with rich aromas and flavors of black currant, blackberry pie and cherry cola, a full mid-palate, broad and round tannins, with a spicy, racy finish.

Our Home Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon is truly a wine with a story. A first-time-ever, vineyard-designate bottling, this wine comes from the first vineyard Don and Rhonda purchased over 30 years ago, when they first discovered Sonoma County wine country. Located in Alexander Valley and affectionately called the Home Ranch, this two-tiered, steep, west-facing vineyard sits atop the elevated valley floor and enjoys full sunshine. The hand-harvested grapes enter the gravity-flow winery and are hand sorted, then whole berries are gravity fed into French oak fermentors, cold soaked, and then fermented for 28 days on skins. After gently, small batch pressing, wine is gravity fed to French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation, then blended and barrel aged for 20 months and aged an additional nine months in bottle, allowing for the perfect balance of fruit, tannin and oak.

Closure: Cork

Aged 20 months in French Oak.

Notes: 100% French oak

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 14.5%

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