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Sal's Beverage World USD 21.99 750ml

Gloria Ferrer Chardonnay Carneros 2008

Winemaker's Notes:

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.

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Gloria Ferrer Caves and Vineyards:
As the first sparkling wine house in California’s renowned Carneros region, Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards was established in 1986. Gloria Ferrer embodies Spanish winegrowing history, time-honored tradition, and centuries-old sustainable practices in creating exceptional sparkling and estate varietal wines blended to pair perfectly with food. With most of our 335-acre estate dedic... Read more
As the first sparkling wine house in California’s renowned Carneros region, Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards was established in 1986. Gloria Ferrer embodies Spanish winegrowing history, time-honored tradition, and centuries-old sustainable practices in creating exceptional sparkling and estate varietal wines blended to pair perfectly with food. With most of our 335-acre estate dedicated to Pinot Noir, we are steadfast in our belief that this enigmatic variety brings a timeless grace to our sparkling and estate varietal wines. The Ferrer family’s culture of generosity is expressed in their commitment to high-quality, affordable wines for everyone to enjoy. Celebrate Spain in Sonoma overlooking our Carneros estate vineyards. Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards is the gateway to Sonoma Wine Country, located 40 miles north of San Francisco at the southern tip of the county. While our wines are pure California, our culture is a charismatic blend of vibrant Spanish tradition and casual Sonoma County elegance — providing the ideal entry point for a California wine country experience with a global twist. Guests are encouraged to savor the breathtaking views of Carneros vineyards from our Vista Terrace, while sipping a glass of Gloria Ferrer sparkling or estate varietal wine. Our Sonoma Visitor Center is open every day from 10am - 5pm, with wine service available until 4:45 p.m. Guided winery tours are offered daily at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. Cost is $10 per person and includes 2 sparkling wine tastes. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Gloria Ferrer Chardonnay Carneros

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065217,192
4.50 5
01/24/2012

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


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Snooth User: katzpheno
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4.00 5
07/04/2014

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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.

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.

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