2012 Ferrari-Carano Eldorado NoirRussian River Valley
The 2012 Ferrari-Carano Eldorado Noir is a truly unique dessert wine made from Black Muscat grapes grown in a single Russian River Valley vineyard. This wine has a beautifully dark, viscous purple color, with bright rose petal, blueberry and strawberry aromas and flavors that delight the palate. Nicely balanced with sweetness, the Eldorado Noir is intensely aromatic.
Overall, 2012 was a very good year with ideal weather conditions for the vines. Spring produced great set and average rainfall lead 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.
The grapes for this wine are left on the vine longer than other varieties in order to achieve a “late harvest” style, shriveling the ultra-ripe berries to 29 to 30 brix. The grapes undergo carbonic maceration for five to seven days, which helps the wine achieve the unique and rich concentration of flavors. Grapes are then removed from the carbonic tank, crushed and cold fermented to retain their freshness and fruitiness. The fermented Black Muscat grapes are then pressed and aged in stainless steel barrels.
The Eldorado Noir is exceptional paired with rich, decadent chocolate desserts, as well as vanilla bean ice cream or bread pudding with plum or persimmons. Fruit-based tarts, shortcakes, fruitcakes, pumpkin pie, pecan pie or baked apples also pair nicely with the Eldorado Noir.