2003 Ferrari Carano PreVail Back Forty
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Lush, pure, elegant aromas and flavors of blackberry, mocha and toasty oak vanilla. A full-bodied mid-palate with generous tannins, excellent length, vitality and texture set apart this expansive wine of extraordinary elegance.
This was 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. The memorable labor day fire meant a hot, dry and windy September and mild October with cold nights. A long, extended summer carried the grapes to ideal ripeness, with our last grapes being brought in the end of October.
A combination of French clones 337 and 338 were selected specifically for Back Forty because of their small berry size and rich tannins. The grapes for Back Forty are hand-harvested, and upon entering the winery, hand-sorted and then gravity fed directly into oak tanks for seven days of cold soaking, then fermented and macerated for 28—35 days on the skins. After primary fermentation, the wine is gravity fed to barrel and aged in the wine caves for 20 months, with an additional 14 months aging in bottle prior to release.
- Alexander Valley
- 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Syrah, 3% Cabernet Franc
- 90% new French and 10% older French oak barrels
- Release Day
- Summer 2006