2011 Ferrari-Carano Merlot
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The 2011 Merlot is a velvety wine with a complex nose of blueberry pie, raspberry jam, cedar, vanilla and spice. A fleshy and generous mouthfeel is followed by notes of bittersweet chocolate, clove and toffee. This wine has full, generous tannins that coat the palate, impressive length and lasting acidity.
The Merlot vines are farmed on diverse, low-vigor vineyard sites ranging from valley floor sandy loam and gravel to steep, sloped, volcanic rock hillsides. 2011 was one of the coolest growing seasons experienced in the valleys in a long time. We harvested the grapes about two weeks later than usual, starting mid September and completing harvest the middle of October. This vintage produced a friendly, youthful and approachable Merlot.
The cool climate, valley-floor vineyards produce supple, fruit-forward wine, while the mountaintop vineyard fruit lends intensity and structure. Upon entering the winery, the hand-harvested grapes are destemmed, cold soaked for five days and then fermented in tank before gentle pressing. The wine is moved to barrels and aged for 15 months, allowing for the perfect balance of fruit, tannin, and oak.
- Sonoma County
- 91% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon
- 40% new French, American and Hungarian oak, 60% older French oak
- Release Day
- May 2013