V ery nice tasting. One of the wines jumped out: Ferrari-Carano Siena. I was talking with Polly and she said this is one of her favorite wines. This is a great go-to wine in the $20 range ($19.99 actually). Roger featured the Ferrari-Carano line this weekend. I stopped by and enjoyed all the wines as well as the usual great nibbles.
The Here’s what Roger said in his newsletter this week:
“The fact that the winery’s name incorporates the word “Vineyards” is a deliberate way to emphasize that grape source and terroir play important roles in the final product. From a small, 30 acre plot of grapes purchased in 1979, to today’s 19 estate vineyards in six different appellations totaling over 1,500 acres, Ferrari-Carano owns some of the finest wine growing properties in all of California.
Directed by Don Carano and orchestrated under the supervision of Steve Domenichelli, Director of Vineyard Operations, Ferrari-Carano’s vineyard 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, Napa/Carneros and Mendocino 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.
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Ferrari-Carano is a Certified California Sustainable Vineyard! Steve and his team have long practiced 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 and to add desirable nutrients back to the soil as well as attract desirable insects, and integrating animals to naturally enhance biodiversity and nutrient recycling.
Where: Vineyard Wine Market (map), 4414 Evans to Lock Road, Evans, GA. (706) 922-9463
When: Friday, Sept. 23, 2016, 4:30-6:30PM. Saturday, Sept. 24 2015, 3 to 6 pm.
Here are the wines presented (click to see more):
- Ferrari-Carano Pinot Grigio
- Ferrari-Carano Fume Blanc 2015
- Ferrari-Carano Chardonnay 2015
- Ferrari-Carano Siena 2013
- Ferrari-Carano Merlot
- Ferrari-Carano Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
Here are the detailed wine notes:
Ferrari-Carano Pinot Grigio | Russian River Valley, California
The 2015 Ferrari-Carano Pinot Grigio is a refreshing and light-bodied white wine that is perfect as an apéritif. This wine has delicious aromas and flavors of fresh apricot, lime, green apple, melon, honeyed hints of floral, citrus zest, Meyer lemon, and white peach. Silky and round in texture, this Pinot Grigio is also bright and crisp with concentrated flavors that linger to the finish. Website
Ferrari-Carano Fume Blanc 2015 | Sonoma County, California
This wine is delicious with aromas and flavors of pink grapefruit, pineapple, lemon grass, lychee, kiwi, honeydew, orange blossom, guava, white peach and lemon lime with a touch of minerality. This wine has bright acidity and crisp freshness from the cool, stainless steel tank fermentation, while the subtle oak character from neutral French oak barrels adds body, complexity and depth. 36% older French oak barrels, 64% stainless steel tanks. Sauvignon Blanc. Our Fumé Blanc pairs well with simple seafood and poultry dishes, and also holds up nicely with white meats such as veal and pork. This wine has lively flavors that go well with spicy and ethnic cuisines such as Japanese, Vietnamese, Thai, Chinese, Korean, Mexican and Southwestern dishes. –From their Website
Ferrari-Carano Chardonnay 2015 | Sonoma County, California
The 2014 Ferrari-Carano Chardonnay from Sonoma County has superior lots of wine from our vineyards in Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley and Carneros. This full-bodied yet refreshing Chardonnay boasts aromas of lemon, pear, green apple, orange blossom, lychee and peach perfectly balanced by flavors of Meyer lemon, vanilla and graham with a floral finish. Website
Ferrari-Carano Siena 2013 | Sonoma County, California
SIENA has delicious aromas of blackberry, raspberry jam, cocoa, toasty vanilla and licorice. Flavors of juicy Bing cherry, bright blueberry and pomegranate are enhanced by sweet oak notes and hints of butterscotch that add layers of richness to this elegant wine. SIENA has supple tannins that are soft, harmonious and mouth coating with lovely viscosity, depth and a lingering finish. Website
Ferrari-Carano Merlot | Sonoma County, California
This is a velvety wine with a complex nose of plum, blueberry pie, cedar and dark cocoa. A fleshy mouthfeel is followed by flavorful notes of black cherry, smoked caramel, espresso and toasty vanilla. With full, generous tannins that coat the palate, this wine has impressive length, lasting acidity and a soft, elegant finish. 25% new French, American and Eastern European oak, 75% older oak. Website
Ferrari-Carano Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 | Alexander Valley, California
Our Ferrari-Carano Cabernet Sauvignon comes from mountain-grown fruit in Alexander Valley. Vibrant aromatics of cassis, smoky cedar, mint, caramel and leather awaken the senses, while full-bodied flavors of juicy boysenberry jam and plums generously fill the palate. Lingering notes of toasty licorice round out the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah. 35% new French, Hungarian and American oak; 65% older oak.Website