Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery Eldorado Gold Dessert Wine, Semillon, 2010, Sonoma County, California

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2015

Eldorado Gold

Dry Creek Valley

This Sauternes-style dessert wine is like liquid gold, hence the name, Eldorado Gold. Made from Semillon grapes grown right here in Dry Creek Valley.

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Aromas & Flavors

This wine is created when a beneficial mold, botrytris cinerea, infects the grapes which evaporates the water content and concentrates the sugars, acids and flavors. Eldorado Gold has enticing aromas of apricot, pear, honey and brown sugar, followed by lush flavors of nutmeg, crème brûlée, nectarine, orange blossom and graham cracker.

Food Pairings

Eldorado Gold is exceptional paired with light fruit desserts such as apricot or apple tart, lemon desserts, and hazelnut or almond cookies. Dense, buttery pound cake, summer berries, crème brûlée, caramel sauce and aged cheeses also pair nicely.

How It's Made

The grapes are carefully harvested, then placed onto trays where the clusters are inoculated with a pure strain of botrytis and dehydrated for 20 days to 33.2 brix before pressing. The pressed juice is cold settled for four days, then racked to 100% new, select French oak barrels for fermentation. Once the desired alcohol and residual sugar levels are reached, the wine is chilled and filtered to stop fermentation. The wine is aged in barrel for 15 months until bottling.

The Vintage

2015 was one of the earliest harvests in history, as well as another year of drought conditions, though rainfall totals were closer to normal than they had been in years. The growing season began early with bud break in mid-February. Temperatures stayed cool through spring, while very warm weather in July and August allowed fruit to mature and ripen. The last white wine grapes were picked on September 17th.

AppellationDry Creek Valley

GrapeSemillon

Cooperage100% new French oak

ReleaseWinter 2017