Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery UNA, RockRidge Mountain, Alexander Valley, 2014, Sonoma County, California

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2015

UNA

Alexander Valley

This wine is a gold medal winner. UNA is inspired by the Rhone blends of Southern France. Latin for “together, all in one”, UNA is an elegant, complex blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre grapes from our RockRise Mountain Ranch in Alexander Valley. Literally one like no other.

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Aromas & Flavors

This is a fruit-forward wine with fragrant flavors from Grenache grapes combining with the Syrah’s rich, full tannins, while a small amount of Mourvèdre lends to a well-rounded, long finish. Aromas of spiced plum, cherry, acai and hints of bacon tease the senses while rich flavors of smoky blueberry, raspberry and cocoa delight the palate.

Food Pairings

UNA pairs perfectly with barbecued red meats like beef, lamb, veal or sausage. Try UNA with seared or braised lamb shanks and chops, spicy stews or casseroles, pork sliders with Bourbon and peaches or duck risotto.

How It's Made

Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre, all from select blocks on RockRise mountain ranch in Alexander Valley, are hand picked, destemmed, and cold soaked in stainless steel fermentors for three days. Following cold soaking, yeast is added and pump overs commence, one to two times daily, for the duration of primary fermentation. After fermentation, the wines are drained off the skins to select French oak barrels for 100% malolactic fermentation, then cave aged for 10 months. Lots are kept separate until blending and bottling in July, 2016.

The Vintage

A dry winter led us into another year of drought conditions in Sonoma County for the 2015 vintage. The growing season began with an early bud break, a couple weeks earlier than the previous year, followed by unfavorable weather during bloom that disrupted the pollination process and resulted in reduced crop yields. Spring was warm and dry, and these conditions carried into the summer months. The first red grapes were harvested a week and a half earlier than last year, making it one of the earliest harvests on record. With reduced yields and plenty of warm sunshine to ripen the grapes, the wines of 2015 are concentrated in aromas and flavors while displaying great color and balanced tannin structure.

AppellationAlexander Valley

Grape41% Grenache, 41% Syrah, 18% Mourvèdre

Cooperage34% new French oak, 66% older French oak

ReleaseSummer 2017