Siena Ferrari Carano 2005

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Tasting Notes Ferrari-Carano's Italian heritage is reflected in this Sangiovese-based, easy-sipping, multi-dimensional blend. Select lots of grapes were chosen from our vineyards in Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River Valleys to create a beautifully balanced and medium-bodied wine. SIENA is supple and ripe with heady fruit aromas of fresh picked red and black berries complemented by cinnamon and mocha. Juicy cherry and raspberry jam flavors are followed by a round, viscous finish of milk chocolate and butterscotch. Excellent red fruit vitality is met by good acidity, round, gentle tannins and a lingering finish. Vintage Notes From our valley floor and mountainside vineyards, our vines for the SIENA are farmed in shallow, rocky, low-vigor soil that adds impressive depth and concentration of flavor intensity to the wine. A wet winter, light spring rains and a mild summer ensured a healthy canopy which provided the perfect combination of sunlight and heat penetrating the Sangiovese clusters. These conditions allowed the Sangiovese to reach full maturity in both flavor and tannin structure. Harvest was completed the beginning of October. Winemakers Notes This wine is composed of primarily Sangiovese, blended with small amounts of Malbec and Zinfandel. Grapes were hand-harvested, and upon entering the winery, hand-sorted and then gravity fed directly into tanks for five days of cold soaking. Individual lots were moved to barrels for malolactic fermentation, then blended and barrel aged in new Hungarian Puncheons and older French oak in the wine caves for 14 months, with an additional two months of bottle aging prior to release. Food Pairings Siena pairs perfectly with savory Italian dishes, pasta with flavorful tomato sauces or pizza. Siena is also good with American favorites such as chicken and lamb. Appellation: Sonoma County Blend: 80% Sangiovese 16%, Malbec and 4% Zinfandel Cooperage: 20% new Hungarian Puncheon, 80% older French Oak Release Day: July 2007 Rhonda's Receipe and Pairing Notes Risotto with Gorgonzola and Asparagus Because the Sangiovese grape is from Italy, most Italian dishes go well with Siena. Serve our Siena with veal cutlets parmigiana, pasta with flavorful tomato sauces or pizza. The Siena is also good with American favorites such as hamburgers, pork and salads. Try this wine with cheese and fruits to seal in the unique flavors of Siena.

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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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Tasting Notes Ferrari-Carano's Italian heritage is reflected in this Sangiovese-based, easy-sipping, multi-dimensional blend. Select lots of grapes were chosen from our vineyards in Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River Valleys to create a beautifully balanced and medium-bodied wine. SIENA is supple and ripe with heady fruit aromas of fresh picked red and black berries complemented by cinnamon and mocha. Juicy cherry and raspberry jam flavors are followed by a round, viscous finish of milk chocolate and butterscotch. Excellent red fruit vitality is met by good acidity, round, gentle tannins and a lingering finish. Vintage Notes From our valley floor and mountainside vineyards, our vines for the SIENA are farmed in shallow, rocky, low-vigor soil that adds impressive depth and concentration of flavor intensity to the wine. A wet winter, light spring rains and a mild summer ensured a healthy canopy which provided the perfect combination of sunlight and heat penetrating the Sangiovese clusters. These conditions allowed the Sangiovese to reach full maturity in both flavor and tannin structure. Harvest was completed the beginning of October. Winemakers Notes This wine is composed of primarily Sangiovese, blended with small amounts of Malbec and Zinfandel. Grapes were hand-harvested, and upon entering the winery, hand-sorted and then gravity fed directly into tanks for five days of cold soaking. Individual lots were moved to barrels for malolactic fermentation, then blended and barrel aged in new Hungarian Puncheons and older French oak in the wine caves for 14 months, with an additional two months of bottle aging prior to release. Food Pairings Siena pairs perfectly with savory Italian dishes, pasta with flavorful tomato sauces or pizza. Siena is also good with American favorites such as chicken and lamb. Appellation: Sonoma County Blend: 80% Sangiovese 16%, Malbec and 4% Zinfandel Cooperage: 20% new Hungarian Puncheon, 80% older French Oak Release Day: July 2007 Rhonda's Receipe and Pairing Notes Risotto with Gorgonzola and Asparagus Because the Sangiovese grape is from Italy, most Italian dishes go well with Siena. Serve our Siena with veal cutlets parmigiana, pasta with flavorful tomato sauces or pizza. The Siena is also good with American favorites such as hamburgers, pork and salads. Try this wine with cheese and fruits to seal in the unique flavors of Siena.

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