2012 Ferrari-Carano SienaSonoma County
SIENA has delicious aromas of strawberry jam, plum, blackberry and mocha. Bing cherry flavors are enhanced by sweet oak notes of vanilla, cinnamon and spice that add layers of richness to this elegant wine. SIENA has tannins that are soft, harmonious and mouth coating with lovely viscosity, depth and a lingering finish.
SIENA is a red wine blend consisting primarily of Sangiovese. Grapes are hand harvested, hand sorted and then gravity fed directly into tanks for three days of cold soaking. The wine is fermented on the skins until pressing, then individual lots are moved to barrels where they complete malolactic fermentation. After fermentation, the wine is blended early for integration of fruit and only racked once to maintain the wine’s fresh and vibrant qualities. The wine is then aged in new Hungarian puncheons and older French oak barrels for 12 months in wine caves prior to bottling.
SIENA pairs perfectly with savory Italian food, pasta with flavorful tomato sauces or pizza. SIENA is also delicious with dishes such as Chicken Cacciatore, a duck salad with fruit, like raspberries and oranges, or simply prosciutto on crostini bread.
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.