Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery Emelia's Cuvée Chardonnay 2014, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California

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2015

Emelia’s Cuvée Chardonnay

Russian River Valley

90 pts Wine Advocate. Named for Don Carano’s paternal grandmother, Emelia Ferrari, the 2015 Emelia’s Cuvée Chardonnay is from a single vineyard in Russian River Valley. We think Emelia would have been very proud of this delicious Chardonnay.

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Aromas & Flavors

This Chardonnay is a delicious wine with aromas of cinnamon, toasted apricot and pear, followed by flavors of white peaches, nutmeg, brown sugar and marshmallow. An elegant, smooth, toasty oak finish characterizes this lovely wine.

Food Pairings

Emelia’s Cuvée pairs perfectly with seafood and poultry entrees, as well as salads with tropical fruit-based dressings. Light pastas, rice and vegetable dishes also marry well.

How It's Made

This Chardonnay is hand harvested, whole-cluster pressed, cold settled for 24 hours in stainless steel tanks, and then moved directly to barrels for fermentation in select French oak with native and cultured yeasts. Aged separately by lot, this wine completes 90 percent malolactic fermentation and is sur lie aged and stirred weekly for nine months until blending. The final blend was assembled in May, 2016, and barreled down to neutral oak until bottling, for a total of 17 months of barrel aging.

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

Cooperage38% new French oak, 62% older French oak

ReleaseSpring 2017