2012 Ferrari-Carano Reserve ChardonnayNapa Valley Carneros
The grapes for the 2012 Reserve Chardonnay come primarily from our vineyard in Napa Valley Carneros. This wine entices with aromas of quince, apple, cinnamon, caramel, citrus, butter, vanilla and graham cracker complemented by elegant, upfront flavors of pear, peach, crème brûlée and hazelnut with a lingering, toasted oak finish.
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Very ripely flavored and fleshy in texture, this is a full flavored, fairly rich Chardonnay with evident complexity. It is long on the finish, and tastes of pineapple, apple, spicy oak, butterscotch, and toast. Excellent.Tasting notes Play video
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 bottling.
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.
The cool climate of Napa Valley Carneros imparts its unique finesse to the wine, while the Alexander Valley component adds an intensely rich mouth-filling character. 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.