Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery Fiorella Chardonnay 2014, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California

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2015

Fiorella Chardonnay

Russian River Valley

91 pts Wine Advocate. Fiorella…”pretty little flower”…just like the name suggests, this is a very pretty Chardonnay with a beautiful bouquet of aromas and flavors…a wine to share when you want to impress your friends.

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91, The Wine Advocate

Lisa Perrotti-Brown, 04/28/2017 - See Review

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05/29/2017 - See Review


Aromas & Flavors

Aromas of lemon, citrus, lychee and orange marmalade are complemented by flavors of lemon, peaches, pears, honeysuckle and vanilla on the palate. This is an elegant, well-balanced wine with a nice acidity and a long, lingering finish.

Food Pairings

Our Fiorella Chardonnay is the perfect wine to serve as an apéritif. It also pairs nicely with light pasta and seafood courses or chicken, pork, turkey and veal. Mild-flavored cheeses are also excellent choices.

How It's Made

The grapes for this wine are hand harvested, whole-cluster pressed and then cold settled for 24 hours in stainless steel tanks before moving to barrels. Aged in select French oak, the wine undergoes 90 percent malolactic fermentation and is sur lie aged and stirred weekly for nine months. The final blend was assembled in May, 2015, then moved to neutral French oak for a total of 17 months of barrel aging, and bottled in early February, 2017.

The Vintage

2015 marked another early year and a fast growing season. We began our fourth year of drought conditions, however, the rainfall totals were closer to normal than they had been the previous several years. The growing season started early, with bud break as early as mid-February in some vineyards. Temperatures stayed cool through spring, but warm weather in July and August allowed fruit to mature and ripen. The last white grapes were picked on September 17, 2015.

AppellationRussian River Valley

GrapeChardonnay

Cooperage29% new French oak, 71% older French oak

ReleaseSpring 2017