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Ferrari-Carano Vineyards & Winery Merlot Sonoma County 2008

Winemaker's Notes:

This wine is comprised of 95% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. The cool-climate, valley-floor vineyards produce supple, fruit-forward wine, while the mountain top 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.

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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

External Reviews for Ferrari-Carano Vineyards & Winery Merlot Sonoma County

External Review
Source: NapaCabs.com
Vintage: 2010 07/18/2013

In business since 1985, Ferrari-Carano Wines are instantly recognizable nationwide. They produce wines from the Alexander Valley, Russian River Valley and Dry Creek Valley, with other locations as well.


External Review
Source: NapaCabs.com
Vintage: 2009 08/31/2011

This 2009 Merlot from our estate-owned vineyards in Sonoma County, is a rich, complex wine with luscious cherry aromas and accents of spice, chocolate and caramel that lingers on the silky finish. Beautifully balanced, this wine can be enjoyed with roasted meat, chicken and pasta dishes.


External Review
11/28/2012

Select lots of grapes are chosen from Ferrari-Carano’s vineyards in Sonoma County to create this beautifully-balanced and full-bodied Ferrari-Carano Merlot. This wine is comprised of 95% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. The cool-climate, valley-floor vineyards produce supple, fruit-forward wine, while the mountain top 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.


External Review
Source: NapaCabs.com
04/13/2011

Winemaker Notes - This wine is comprised of 97% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon. The cool-climate, valley-floor vineyards produce supple, fruit-forward wine, while the mountain top vineyard fruit lends intensity and structure. Upon entering the winery, the hand-harvested grapes are destemmed and then fermented in tank before gentle pressing. The wine is moved to barrels and aged for 17 months, allowing for the perfect balance of fruit, tannin, and oak.



This wine is comprised of 95% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. The cool-climate, valley-floor vineyards produce supple, fruit-forward wine, while the mountain top 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.

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


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