2009 Ferrari-Carano Prevail West FaceAlexander Valley
The grapes for West Face are grown on the steep slopes of Ferrari-Carano’s LookOut Mountain in Alexander Valley. Lush aromas and flavors of dark berries, clove, earth, cola, dark chocolate and licorice make up this full-bodied wine. Exquisite depth and lingering, round tannins provide textural proof of this wine’s ageability.
West Face is a blend of Clone 8 Cabernet Sauvignon along with Syrah Clone 470 and the Durrell selection clone. The grapes are hand-harvested, and upon entering the winery, hand-sorted and then gravity fed directly into oak tanks for seven days of cold soaking, then fermented and macerated for 21-27 days on the skins. After primary fermentation, the wine is gravity fed to barrel and aged in the wine caves for 21 months, with an additional 14 months aging in bottle prior to release.
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 14-year-old mountain vines are dry farmed in shallow, rocky, low-vigor soil that add impressive depth and concentration of flavors to the wine. Our 2009 West Face displays deep, ripe fruit notes from the summer warmth while also showing the acidity and generous tannin structure of a wine produced from a shorter and abruptly-ended ripening season. Grapes were picked the end of October.