Dry Creek Valley
This fruit bomb Zinfandel from right here on the estate in Dry Creek Valley is pure perfection with anything grilled…in any season, we think. Lush, juicy, racy, earthy and peppery all at one time…smokin’ hot!
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Aromas & Flavors
With rich layers of fruit complexity, Ferrari-Carano’s Zinfandel comes from our Estate Vineyard in Dry Creek Valley. Appealing, rich aromas of blackberry, sage, clove and dried cherries that give way to full-bodied, ripe flavors of jammy wild berries, acai and dark chocolate. This lush wine is enhanced by cardamom, spice and toasty toffee from barrel aging on the finish.
Our Zinfandel is a food-friendly wine that pairs perfectly with meat dishes such as slow-roasted pork, grilled lamb chops, duck, beef sirloin burgers, chili, pizzas and spicy sausage. Cheeses, such Gruyere, extra sharp Cheddar or Roquefort, as well as decadent chocolate desserts are delicious with our Zinfandel.
How It's Made
This wine is primarily composed of Zinfandel, blended with a small amount of Petite Sirah. Upon entering the winery, the hand-harvested grapes are destemmed to stainless steel tanks and half-ton bins for three days of cold soaking. Following the cold soak, the grapes are inoculated with yeast and the tanks are pumped over, one to two times daily, for the duration of primary fermentation. The individual lots are drained and pressed to French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation and cave aged for 15 months. Lots are kept separate until blending and bottling in February, 2017.
A dry winter led to yet another year of drought conditions in Sonoma County in 2015. The growing season began with 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 a significant reduction in crop yields. Spring continued to be warm and dry into the summer months. The first red grapes were harvested a week and a half earlier than last year, making it one 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.
Minestrone with Beans and Chicken Basil Sausage
Soups and Salads
This recipe is the special creation of Ferrari-Carano chef, Joseph Costanzo.
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