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Ferrari-Carano Vineyards & Winery Chardonnay Alexander Valley 2010

Winemaker's Notes:

90 points California Grapevine: Medium-light golden yellow; attractive, floral, citrus and baked apple aroma with spicy, tropical notes; medium-full body; lemony, slightly toasty, pear and apple flavors that are nicely balanced and crisp on the finish; lingering aftertaste. Very highly recommended. 14% alcohol; 100% barrel fermented; 85% malolactic fermentation; released January 2012. (Mar 2012)

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 Chardonnay Alexander Valley

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065220,934
4.50 5
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


External Reviews for Ferrari-Carano Vineyards & Winery Chardonnay Alexander Valley

External Review
Source: NapaCabs.com
12/29/2011

With upfront apple, pear, honey, butter cream, and honeysuckle floral notes, this wine is perfectly balanced with fruit and creamy caramel, marshmallow and a lingering, toasted oak finish.



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90 points California Grapevine: Medium-light golden yellow; attractive, floral, citrus and baked apple aroma with spicy, tropical notes; medium-full body; lemony, slightly toasty, pear and apple flavors that are nicely balanced and crisp on the finish; lingering aftertaste. Very highly recommended. 14% alcohol; 100% barrel fermented; 85% malolactic fermentation; released January 2012. (Mar 2012)

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