Gloria Ferrer Chardonnay Carneros 2008
The weather presented challenges for all North Coast grape growers in 2008. Frost in low lying areas at our Home Ranch on March 31 and in mid-April at Circle Bar caused an estimated 26% bud loss in Chardonnay, our hardest hit variety, so our vineyard crew left as many shoots as possible during suckering to increase cluster counts. High heat and extreme wind during bloom in May affected pollination and cluster weights in Chardonnay were slightly below normal. In June we began to see the effects of one of our driest growing seasons, and we started irrigation three weeks earlier than usual. Water stress during the period of berry cell division resulted in smaller berry size and lower cluster weights. Warm weather brought on the still wine harvest; starting on August 27, seven out of the next ten days were over 100°F. A cooling trend followed, slowing harvest and bringing us good acidity and good flavors.
Editorial Reviews for Gloria Ferrer Chardonnay Carneros
Lovely on the nose, with notes of pear fruit accented by floral tones, soft, sweet caramel/nutty wood spice, vanilla and dried lime zest. This combines richness with a certain inner mouth tension. The fruit is fresh and bright and framed with juicy acidity all over a lightly crème brulee, candied ginger oak, but the wine is not creamy. The finish shows an equally light touch, airy with integrated wood spice over bright quince and citrus notes that lead to a touch of mineral on the finale. This is my kind of California Chardonnay. 91pts
Food Pairings for Gloria Ferrer Chardonnay Carneros
Complex ripe pear, citrus and honeysuckle aromas and background hints of hazelnut and baked apple announce this lovely Chardonnay. Smooth and round on the palate, the wine shows firm structure, ripe Gravenstein apple and rich lemony flavors that linger throughout the long, refreshing finish.