Emelia’s Cuvée Chardonnay
Russian River Valley
91 points from Wine Spectator. Named for Don Carano’s paternal grandmother, Emelia Ferrari, this Chardonnay is from a single vineyard in Russian River Valley.
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92 Points, California Grapevine
91, Wine Spectator
James Laube, 06/15/2018
Aromas & Flavors
This wine is delicious with aromas of graham cracker, vanilla, pear, quince and nectarine, followed by lush flavors of white peach, apricot, apple, nutmeg and spice.
Emelia’s Cuvée pairs perfectly with seafood and poultry entrées, like simple poached or buttery sauce salmon or chicken, Caesar salad, chicken salad and salads with tropical fruit‐based dressings, including peach and mango. Light pastas, rice and vegetable dishes also marry well.
How It's Made
The grapes are hand harvested, whole‐cluster pressed, then barrel fermented with native and cultured yeast. The wine completes 95% malolactic fermentation and is sur lie aged and stirred weekly for seven months. The final blend was assembled in December 2017, and the wine is barreled again in neutral oak until bottling, for a total of almost 17 months of barrel aging.
Overall, 2016 was a good year. Spring produced great set, and despite a third year of drought conditions in our area, vines produced ideal yields. Warmer temperatures during the supper months allowed the fruit to achieve mature, ripe flavors.
Linguine with Lemon, Ricotta & Mint
Pasta & Side Dishes
Try this quick and simple pasta dish for lunch with friends or as an amazing side dish. The medley of flavors of lemon, ricotta and mint are topped off perfectly with Ferrari-Carano's own Meyer Lemon Olive Oil. Delicious with a glass of Emelia's Cuvée Chardonnay!
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