Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery PreVail West Face, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, 2006, Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California

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2006

PreVail West Face

Alexander Valley

91- 94 pts. PreVail West Face, a Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah blend, comes from our LookOut Mountain vineyard that boasts soils deep, red and rich with nutrients.

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Aromas & Flavors

Dark, concentrated aromas of blackberry syrup, baking spices and toasted oak surround flavors of warm berry pie, butterscotch and milk chocolate. Opulent roasted, caramel oak flavors come through with plentiful, silky tannins providing textural proof of this wine’s ageability.

Food Pairings

PreVail West Face pairs well with braised, roasted or barbecued meats such as chicken, red meat, fish lamb or pork. Pastas, stews or well-aged medium and strong-flavored cheeses such as Tellagio also pair nicely.

How It's Made

These 13-year-old mountain vines with ideal western sun exposure are dry farmed in verdant soil that adds impressive depth and flavor intensity to the wine. West Face is a blend of Clone 8 Cabernet Sauvignon along with Clone 470 and the Durrell selection clone. The grapes for West Face are hand-harvested, and upon entering the winery, hand-sorted and then gravity fed directly into oak tanks for seven days of cold soaking, then fermented and macerated for 28-35 days on the skins. After primary fermentation, the wine is gravity fed to barrel and aged in the wine caves for 20 months, with an additional 14 months aging in bottle prior to release.

The Vintage

An unusually cool, wet winter and spring caused a late start to the growing season, while above average heat in July, and then a drop in temperature mid-August gave way to early rains in October. This did not harm the fruit, though, as a late warming trend dried the vines perfectly, and brought the Cabernet Sauvignon to full maturity in late October.

AppellationAlexander Valley

Grape64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Syrah

Cooperage60% new French oak, 40% older French oak

ReleaseWinter 2009