This vibrant new wine is equally full of vim and vigor on the palate, and the only caveat we have for the moment is that it will get better and better as it seasons in the bottle over the next few months, and then for a couple of years after that. It is wholly charming and a touch youthfully chalky in its pert finish. This wine will stay high on our radar for months and months.
2012 Ferrari-Carano Fumé Blanc
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Ferrari-Carano’s 2012 Fumé Blanc has aromas of orange blossom, quince, white peach, Meyer lemon and mango complemented by flavors of pineapple, pear and guava. This wine has bright acidity and crisp freshness from the cool, stainless steel tank fermentation, while the subtle oak character from barrel aging adds, body, complexity and depth.
The delicious 2012 Fume Blanc exhibits lots of melon, pineapple and fig notes in an exuberant, fresh, lively, medium-bodied style revealing no notion of oak in either the aromas or flavors. Drink this delicious, consumer-friendly, textbook Fume Blanc over the next year.
This wine is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc grapes from various appellations in Sonoma County: Dry Creek, Alexander, Knights and Russian River Valleys. Overall, 2012 was a very good year with ideal weather conditions for the vines. Spring produced great set and average rainfall led to normal and above-normal yields. Consistently warm temperatures during the summer months without any heat spikes or major rain events allowed for longer “hang time” leading to fully ripe flavors
When the Sauvignon Blanc grapes arrive at the winery, each lot is gently crushed and pressed into stainless steel tanks for 48 hours of cold settling. The juice is either transferred to stainless steel tanks or older French oak barrels for fermentation. The wine in barrels is sur lie aged and stirred every week for one month. Individual lots are treated separately until blending to create the final Fume Blanc blend.
- Sonoma County
- 100% Sauvignon Blanc
- 65% Stainless steel, 35% older French oak barrels
- Release Day
- February 2013