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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91 Points, California Grapevine
90 Points, The Wine Advocate
91 Points, Wine Spectator
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 88% malolactic fermentation and is sur lie aged and stirred weekly for 7 months. The final blend was assembled in June 2018, and the wine was barreled again in neutral oak until bottling, for a total of almost 15.5 months of barrel aging.
The 2017 season began with much-needed 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.
Grilled Chicken Salad with Peaches
Soups and Salads
A delicious blend of flavors with peaches, avocado, almonds, and radicchio. Topped with grilled and marinated chicken, this salad is a perfect light and flavorful meal for lunch or dinner. Pair with Ferrari-Carano Emelia's Cuvée Chardonnay and enjoy!
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