2015 Ferrari-Carano Chardonnay
“Medium light golden yellow; pleasant, medium-light, earthy, apple and white peach aroma with a citrussy note; medium to medium-full body; crisp, green apple and peach flavors with zesty acidity; lingering aftertaste. Highly recommended.”
– 2017 International Wine Competition
The 2015 Ferrari-Carano Chardonnay from Sonoma County has superior lots of wine from our vineyards in Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley and Carneros. This full-bodied and refreshing Chardonnay boasts aromas of graham cracker, quince, lemons, orange blossoms, lychee, and white peaches perfectly balanced by flavors of Meyer lemon, pear and butter cream with a toasty vanilla finish.
Over 60 individual Chardonnay lots are gently destemmed, pressed, then cold settled in stainless steel tanks before moving to barrels for fermentation. Aged separately in French oak, the wine completes 89 percent malolactic fermentation, then is sur lie aged and stirred every two weeks until blending in April.
This versatile Chardonnay pairs perfectly with seafood, poultry, white meats and dishes with cream sauces. Try preparations that include citrus, butter, cream, cheese, bacon, nutmeg, thyme, basil or toasted nuts.
2015, like 2014, was another drought year in California. We did have some rains in February followed by a warm spring which led to early bud break. Temperatures were cool through the months of March, April and May, but warm weather in July and August allowed fruit to achieve mature ripe flavors. An overall moderate growing season all year with warm days, cool nights and unusual summer rains led to an early harvest in September.
Apple, Mango & Crab Meat “Salsa” with Tortilla Chips
Light and delicious on a warm, summer day, this salad is best with fresh crab meat. Perfect for a girlfriend gathering paired with a glass of Bella Luce or Chardonnay.
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