Dry Creek Valley
This Sauternes-style dessert wine is like liquid gold, hence the name, Eldorado Gold. Made from Semillon grapes grown right here in Dry Creek Valley.
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Aromas & Flavors
This wine is created when a beneficial mold, botrytris cinerea, infects the grapes which evaporates the water content and concentrates the sugars, acids and flavors. Eldorado Gold has enticing aromas of apricot, papaya, orange blossom and brown sugar, followed by lush flavors of nutmeg, crème brûlée, peach, honey and vanilla.
Eldorado Gold is delicious paired with light fruit desserts like apricot or apple tart, lemon desserts and hazelnut or almond cookies. Dense, buttery pound cake, summer berries, crème brûlée, caramel sauce and aged cheeses also pair nicely.
How It's Made
The grapes are carefully harvested, then placed onto trays where the clusters are inoculated with a pure strain of botrytis and dehydrated for 20 days to 38.3 brix before pressing. The pressed juice is cold settled for 4 days, then racked to 100% new, select French oak barrels for fermentation. Once the desired alcohol and residual sugar levels are reached, the wine is chilled and filtered to stop fermentation. The wine is barrel aged for 15 months until bottling.
The 2017 season began with much-needed record rainfall during the winter months, followed by a mild spring. A very warm summer followed, including a Labor Day heat spike and unusual rain in September, before it finally cooled off into fall. Overall it was a challenging harvest, but diligent attention in the vineyards led to the perfect blend of aromas and flavors that we desire in our wines.
Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta with Candied Lemon Peel
Italian for "cooked cream", Panna Cotta is a light silky custard. This recipe includes fresh vanilla bean and is topped with Ferrari-Carano Eldorado Gold Gelee and candied lemon peel. Delightful!
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