2009 Ferrari-Carano Eldorado GoldSonoma County
Our 2009 Ferrari-Carano Eldorado Gold comes from Sonoma County and is 100% Semillon. Intense aromas and flavors of dried apricot, honey, nutmeg, pralines and maple follow through to orange peel, pear and vanilla bean. A long, lingering finish echoes dried apricot and honey, along with caramel and pecans.
The grapes for the Eldorado Gold come from vineyards in Dry Creek and Alexander Valleys. The harvest grapes were either inoculated with a pure strain of botrytris cinerea, sprayed with the botrytis culture in the vineyard after a heavy rain or naturally infected with botrytis in the vineyard. The pressed juice was cold settled for two days, then racked to select French oak barrels for fermentation until the desired alcohol and residual sugar levels are met. The wine was then chilled to stop fermentation and barrel aged in French oak for 15 months before bottling.
The Eldorado Gold is exceptional paired with light fruit desserts such as apricot or apple tart, lemon desserts, and hazelnut or almond cookies. Dense buttery pound cake, summer berries, crème brulee, caramel sauce and aged cheeses also pair nicely.
A wet spring gave way to very mild weather throughout the growing season. There was a heat spike at the beginning of September that helped raise the sugar to optimal levels. A typhoon at the end of September encourage natural botrytis infection in the vineyards. Grapes for this wine were harvested intermittently from the beginning of October until the beginning of December.