2011 Ferrari-Carano Pinot NoirRussian River Valley
Delicious aromas of raspberry, rhubarb, cherry, cola, nutmeg and cinnamon are complemented by flavors of dried cherry, cranberry, caramel, tea leaves and a touch of bittersweet chocolate. Rich, yet delicate, bright acidity greets you on the palate, while soft tannins with toasted oak round out the finish.
The growing season got off to a late start with an unusually wet and cool spring. A late-season rain in early June stunted the size of the crop and created uneven growing patterns in many of our vineyards. Summer temperatures were cool overall until mid-September when temperatures reached the mid-90s for nearly a week. This led to great depth and higher concentration of flavors. The Pinot Noir grapes were harvested from mid-September to the beginning of October.
The hand-picked Pinot Noir grapes are gently destemmed, allowing for partial whole-berry fermentation. Each lot is cold soaked for three to four days and fermented in small bins. Various yeast strains are added for complexity. The wine is gently pressed and then immediately barrel aged for nine months in French oak. One hundred percent malolactic fermentation was completed in barrel, allowing for the oak to integrate.
This wine pairs nicely with salmon and is also delicious with light meats such as pork, lamb, poultry and duck confit.