2011 Ferrari-Carano Fiorella Chardonnay

Russian River Valley

Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery Fiorella Chardonnay, Russian River Valley, 2011, Sonom County, California Buy Now

Delicious with citrus, pear, peach, floral, fig and caramel aromas. On the palate, hints of orange blossom and vanilla mingle with maple, nutmeg and a toasty oak finish. This is an elegant, well-balanced wine with nice acidity and a long, lingering finish.

Vintage Notes

The growing season got off to a late start with an unusually wet and cool spring. A late-season rain in early June stunted the size of the crop and created uneven growing patterns in many of our vineyards. Summer temperatures were cool overall until mid-September when temperatures reached the mid-90s for nearly a week. This led to great depth and higher concentration of flavors. The grapes were harvested from the beginning to middle of October.  

Winemaker Notes

The grapes for this wine are hand harvested, whole cluster pressed and then cold settled for 24 hours in stainless steel tanks before moving to barrels. Aged in select French oak, the grapes undergo 90 percent malolactic fermentation and are sur lie aged and stirred weekly for 8 months. The final blend was assembled in June, 2012, then moved to neutral French oak for a total of 15 months barrel aging, then bottled in February 2013.

Russian River Valley
100% Chardonnay
35% new French oak, 65% older French oak
Release Day
October 2013