Ferrari-Carano Vineyards & Winery Sangiovese Alexander Valley 2005

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2005 Ferrari-Carano Sangiovese from our mountain vineyards in Alexander Valley displays an atypical darkness, richness and ripeness for the Sangiovese grape. Aromatic characteristics of luscious red and black berry fruit with deep, concentrated cherry, rich mocha and toffee notes are followed by ripe supple tannins and a tremendously long finish of caramel, vanilla and chai spice. Vintage Notes Our mountain vines are dry farmed in shallow, rocky, low-vigor soil that adds impressive depth and concentration of flavor intensity to the wine. We took advantage of a unique growing season that was characterized by an early start, then a cool spring, followed by a "hurry up and wait" start to harvest. A lack of August heat spikes and a healthy canopy from a beautiful early summer allowed the Sangiovese to reach full maturity in both flavor and tannin structure. Yields of 2 tons per acre with a berry size of 1 gram (half the size of typical Sangiovese) resulted in greater color, aroma, tannin and overall density of the wine. Winemakers Notes Our mountain vines are dry farmed in shallow, rocky, low-vigor soil that adds impressive depth and concentration of flavor intensity to the wine. We took advantage of a unique growing season that was characterized by an early start, then a cool spring, followed by a "hurry up and wait" start to harvest. A lack of August heat spikes and a healthy canopy from a beautiful early summer allowed the Sangiovese to reach full maturity in both flavor and tannin structure. Yields of 2 tons per acre with a berry size of 1 gram (half the size of typical Sangiovese) resulted in greater color, aroma, tannin and overall density of the wine. Appellation: Alexander Valley Blend: 95% Sangiovese, 5% Syrah Cooperage: 100% new Hungarian Puncheon oak Release Day: November 2007 Rhonda's Recipe and Pairing Notes Braised Short Ribs and Parmesan Mashed Potatoes The mountain grown Sangiovese pairs nicely with heartier beef, lamb or pork braises, stews, tomato-based sauces with pasta, and well-aged cheeses.

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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
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The 2005 Ferrari-Carano Sangiovese from our mountain vineyards in Alexander Valley displays an atypical darkness, richness and ripeness for the Sangiovese grape. Aromatic characteristics of luscious red and black berry fruit with deep, concentrated cherry, rich mocha and toffee notes are followed by ripe supple tannins and a tremendously long finish of caramel, vanilla and chai spice. Vintage Notes Our mountain vines are dry farmed in shallow, rocky, low-vigor soil that adds impressive depth and concentration of flavor intensity to the wine. We took advantage of a unique growing season that was characterized by an early start, then a cool spring, followed by a "hurry up and wait" start to harvest. A lack of August heat spikes and a healthy canopy from a beautiful early summer allowed the Sangiovese to reach full maturity in both flavor and tannin structure. Yields of 2 tons per acre with a berry size of 1 gram (half the size of typical Sangiovese) resulted in greater color, aroma, tannin and overall density of the wine. Winemakers Notes Our mountain vines are dry farmed in shallow, rocky, low-vigor soil that adds impressive depth and concentration of flavor intensity to the wine. We took advantage of a unique growing season that was characterized by an early start, then a cool spring, followed by a "hurry up and wait" start to harvest. A lack of August heat spikes and a healthy canopy from a beautiful early summer allowed the Sangiovese to reach full maturity in both flavor and tannin structure. Yields of 2 tons per acre with a berry size of 1 gram (half the size of typical Sangiovese) resulted in greater color, aroma, tannin and overall density of the wine. Appellation: Alexander Valley Blend: 95% Sangiovese, 5% Syrah Cooperage: 100% new Hungarian Puncheon oak Release Day: November 2007 Rhonda's Recipe and Pairing Notes Braised Short Ribs and Parmesan Mashed Potatoes The mountain grown Sangiovese pairs nicely with heartier beef, lamb or pork braises, stews, tomato-based sauces with pasta, and well-aged cheeses.

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