...the 2007 West Face, a blend of 61% Cabernet Sauvignon and 39% Syrah. Its dense ruby/purple hue is accompanied by aromas and flavors of graphite, blackberries, cassis, smoke, and toasty oak/vanillin. Rich, full-bodied, and impressively endowed, this still youthful 2007 will benefit from 1 - 2 years of cellaring, and should drink well for 10 - 12 years.
2007 Ferrari-Carano PreVail West Face
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Grown at 500 to 1,400 feet in elevation, this wine boasts dark, concentrated aromas of blackberry syrup, dried currant, black cherry and caramel surround flavors of warm berry pie, butterscotch and earth. This wine has exquisite depth with loamy nuances while lingering, silky tannins providing textural proof of this wine's ageability.
West Face is a blend of Clone 8 Cabernet Sauvignon along with Syrah Clone 470 and the Durrell selection clone. The grapes 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 21-27 days on the skins. After primary fermentation, the wine is gravity fed to barrel and aged in the wine caves for 21 months, with an additional 14 months aging in bottle prior to release.
These 13-year-old mountain vines are dry farmed in shallow, rocky, low-vigor soil that add impressive depth and concentration of flavors to the wine. A mild, late spring and summer ensured that the mature vines had a healthy canopy for the grapes, which provided the perfect combination of sunlight and heat penetrating the grape clusters. These conditions allowed the grapes to reach full maturity in both flavor and structure. Harvest was completed mid-October.
- Alexander Valley
- 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Syrah
- 65% new French and 35% older French oak
- Release Day
- April 2012