Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery Sky High Ranch Pinot Noir, Mendocino Ridge, Anderson Valley, 2013, Mendocino County, California

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Sky High Ranch Pinot Noir

Mendocino Ridge

“Yum” about sums up this double-gold-medal-winning superstar Pinot. Our Sky High Ranch Pinot Noir is a superbly-crafted wine from our mountain-top vineyard that sits on a ridge high above Anderson Valley in Mendocino County. Gorgeous, inviting…a resounding winner.

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Aromas & Flavors

This wine’s complex aromas boast of black cherry, red currant and rose petal, complemented by juicy flavors of wild berry, plum, blueberry, a bit of mocha and warm spice notes. This naturally-balanced wine has a velvety texture and a dazzling complexity that is layered with rich minerals and bright acidity that linger on the finish.

Food Pairings

Our Sky High Ranch Pinot Noir is a seductive, aromatic wine that pairs well with salmon, duck, pork and meat entrées such as beef bourguignon for rack of lamb. Try pairing this Pinot Noir with cheeses like Brie, Camembert, Gruyère or goat. Chocolate covered strawberries would make a delightful dessert pairing.

How It's Made

The grapes for this wine are hand harvested and hand sorted in the field. Upon arriving at the winery, grapes are gently destemmed and transferred to small bins and stainless steel open-top fermentors. After a three-day cold soak at 50 degrees Fahrenheit to optimize fruit flavors and aromas, various yeast strains are introduced to add complexity. Fermentors are punched down one to three times per day. Wines are pressed when dry and then racked to barrels to complete malolactic fermentation. The blend was assembled in July and bottled in August.

The Vintage

Surrounded by towering redwoods and forest, Sky High Ranch Pinot Noir grapes are grown high above the fog line at 1,600-foot elevation on Mendocino Ridge. This unique appellation comprises a trio of ridge tops at elevations of 1,200 feet and over. The largest, non-contiguous appellation with the smallest area suitable for growing grapes, Mendocino Ridge is known as “Islands in the Sky.” A mild winter and warm spring led to an early bud break in March. Cool temperatures in May extended the bloom period, which was interrupted by spring rain. Ongoing drought conditions, coupled with a light crop led to an early harvest that began on September 2 and ended on September 14.

AppellationMendocino Ridge

GrapePinot Noir

Cooperage53% new French oak, 47% older French oak

ReleaseSpring 2017