2011 Ferrari-Carano Reserve ChardonnayCarneros
The grapes for this wine come primarily from our vineyard in Napa Valley Carneros. This wine displays aromas of hazelnut, spice, cinnamon, green apple, citrus, fig and butter with elegant, upfront flavors of pear, crème brûlée, lemon and a lingering, toasted oak finish.Tasting notes Play video
The growing season got off to a late start with an unusually wet and cool spring. A late-season rain in early June when many of the vines were in bloom and pollinating stunted the size of the crop and created uneven growing patterns in many of our vineyards. Summer temperatures were cool overall, averaging in the low to mid-80s, until mid-September when temperatures reached the mid-90s for nearly a week. This led to great depth and higher concentration of flavors.
Each individual lot for this wine is hand-picked, whole-cluster pressed and then cold settled for two days in stainless steel tanks before moving to barrels for fermentation. The wine completes 100 percent malolactic fermentation and is sur lie aged in French oak barrels, with weekly stirring for eight months until blending in June. Then the blended wine is aged an additional five months in neutral French oak until bottled.
In addition to a wide variety of appetizers, seafood such as shellfish and poultry dishes, the Reserve Chardonnay pairs perfectly with richer foods that enhances this fuller bodied and deliciously creamy wine.