Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery PreVail Back Forty, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012, Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California

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2012

PreVail Back Forty

Alexander Valley

94 pts. 92 pts. The grapes for this Cabernet Sauvignon are grown on low-yielding vines on a 40 acre, 1,100-foot elevation vineyard at the back side of our RockRise Mountain in Alexander Valley.

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Aromas & Flavors

This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon has a delicious array of intense aromas and flavors including ripe plum, spice, cassis, deep blackberry, mocha and toasty oak. This full-bodied, juicy and viscous wine has excellent length and a lingering finish of smooth, mouth-coating tannins.

Food Pairings

Back Forty pairs well with roasted, broiled or barbequed red meats such as lamb, beef, pork or veal. Medium and strong-flavored semi-soft, semi-hard, aged or creamy cheeses work well, or pair Back Forty with a dark chocolate dessert for a special treat.

How It's Made

French clones 337 and 191 were selected specifically for Back Forty because of their small berry size and rich tannins. The grapes for Back Forty are hand harvested, and upon entering the winery, gravity fed directly into oak tanks for four days of cold soaking, then fermented and macerated for 24-28 days on the skins. After primary fermentation, the wine is drained and pressed to barrels for malolactic fermentation and aged in the wine caves for 21 months, with an additional 14 months aging in bottle prior to release.

The Vintage

Our mountain vines are grown in shallow, rocky, low-vigor soils that add impressive depth and concentration of flavors to the wine. Overall 2012 was a very good year with ideal weather conditions for the vines. Consistently warm temperatures during the summer months without any heat spikes or major rain events allowed for longer “hang time” for the grapes, which led to fully ripe flavors. The grapes for Back Forty were harvested mid October.

AppellationAlexander Valley

GrapeCabernet Sauvignon

Cooperage78% new Hungarian and French oak, 22% older oak

ReleaseOctober 2015