2008 Ferrari-Carano PreVail West FaceAlexander Valley
The grapes for West Face are grown on the steep slopes of our LookOut Mountain in Alexander Valley. Dark, lush aromas of boysenberry cobbler, earth, licorice, and cola are surrounded by flavors of jammy sweet blackberry, molasses, clove and brown sugar. West Face’s full-bodied, exquisite depth and lingering, round tannins provide textural proof of this wine’s ageability.Tasting notes Play video
West Face is a blend of Clone 8 Cabernet Sauvignon with Syrah Clone 470 and the Durrell selection clone. The grapes are hand harvested, hand sorted and then gravity fed directly into oak tanks for five days of cold soaking, then fermented and macerated for 21—27 days on the skins. After primary fermentation, wine is gravity fed to barrel and aged for 24 months, then 14 more months aging in bottle.
PreVail West Face pairs well with braised, roasted or barbecued meats such as chicken, red meat, lamb or pork. Pastas, stews or well-aged medium and strong-flavored cheeses, such as Tellagio, also pair nicely.
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. The season began with a dry winter, then frost in the spring followed by drought and wind and heat in the summer and early fall. A cooling trend brought a moderate ending to fall. Grapes were picked the first two weeks of October.