2012 Ferrari-Carano Dominique ChardonnayRussian River Valley
Our 2012 Dominique Chardonnay (“Dominique” is Rhonda Carano’s middle name) is delicious with full, silky aromas and flavors of apple, maple, vanilla, marshmallow, peach, lemon, fig, butter and cream. Bright acidity complements the layers of intense aromas and flavors. A toasty finish further characterizes this beautiful wine.
Overall, 2012 was a very good year with ideal weather conditions for the vines. Spring produced great set and average rainfall led to normal and above-normal yields. Consistently warm temperatures during the summer months without any heat spikes or major rain events allowed for longer “hang time” leading to fully ripe flavors.
A single vineyard site with one Chardonnay clone comprises our Dominique Chardonnay. Each lot for this wine is hand harvested, whole cluster pressed and within 24 hours moved directly to French oak barrels. Aged separately by lot, the wine undergoes 95 percent malolactic fermentation and is sur lie aged and stirred weekly for eight months until blending, and then further aged in neutral barrels until bottling seven months later.
Dominique is a full-bodied Chardonnay that pairs well with pasta dishes made with cream, butter or cheese. Try with shrimp, scallops, lobster and other rich seafood, or plank-grilled salmon. Also delicious with poultry, like turkey and gravy, or risotto, nuts and nutty cheeses that aren’t too pungent.