Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery Merlot 2012, Sonoma County, California

2012 Ferrari-Carano Merlot

Sonoma County

This is a velvety wine with a complex nose of fresh-picked raspberry, plum, blueberry pie, cedar and dark cocoa. A fleshy and generous mouthfeel is followed by flavorful notes of red cherry, smoky caramel cinnamon, mocha, espresso and toasty vanilla. With full, generous tannins that coat the palate, this wine has impressive length, lasting acidity and a soft, elegant finish.

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Great Merlot Value! This is a rich, supple, full bodied wine with excellent depth and balance. It is long on the palate, and lightly oaky and tannic on the finish, and tastes of blueberry jam, red currant, raspberry, toast, and spicy oak. Can be aged a bit.

Winemaker Notes

The cool climate, valley-floor vineyards produce supple, fruit-forward wine, while the mountaintop vineyard fruit lends intensity and structure. Upon entering the winery, the hand-harvested grapes are destemmed, cold soaked for five days and then fermented in tank before gentle pressing. The wine is moved to barrels for malolactic fermentation, blended early for integration of fruit and racked only once to maintain the wine’s fresh and vibrant qualities. The wine completes a total of 15 months barrel ageing, allowing for the perfect balance of fruit, tannin, and oak.

Food Pairing

The fruit forward, easy drinking qualities of our Merlot make it the perfect wine to pair with any red meat course, Italian entrées, and roasted or grilled fragrantly-spiced poultry dishes.

Vintage Notes

The Merlot vines are farmed on diverse, low-vigor vineyard sites ranging from valley floor sandy loam and gravel to steep, sloped, volcanic rock hillsides. 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.

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