Napa Valley Carneros
This smooth, rich Chardonnay is the wine for you if your palate tends toward the “buttery” and “oaky” side. This is our version of the classic-style, oak-aged, creamy California Chardonnay.
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Silver Medal, 2020 San Franciso Chronicle Wine Competition
Aromas & Flavors
This wine entices with aromas of baked apple, fig, white peach, butterscotch, hazelnut, graham cracker and marshmallow followed by elegant, upfront ripe flavors of pear, apple and nutmeg with creamy vanilla and caramel toast on the finish. The cool climate of Napa Valley Carneros imparts its unique finesse to the wine, while the Alexander Valley component adds an intensely rich mouth-filling character.
In addition to a wide variety of appetizers, shellfish and poultry dishes, Reserve Chardonnay pairs perfectly with richer foods that enhance this fuller bodied and deliciously creamy wine.
How It's Made
Each individual lot for this wine is hand picked, whole-cluster pressed and then cold settled for 24 hours in stainless steel tanks before moving to French oak barrels for fermentation. The wine completes 91 percent malolactic fermentation and is sur lee aged in French oak barrels, with bi-weekly stirring for seven months until blending in May. Then the blended wine is aged an additional eight months in neutral French oak until bottling.
The 2017 season began with record rainfall amounts during the winter, filling our reservoirs after four years of drought. Spring was mild, bringing favorable conditions during bloom, which led to a nicely set crop. We experienced more than an average number of hot days in early to mid-summer, and then record highs over Labor Day weekend. Fortunately, the vines were ready to handle the heat with adequate soil moisture supplied by all the rain.
Lasagna Frutti di Mare
Pasta & Side Dishes
Frutti di Mare means fruits of the sea in Italian. This delightful lasagne boasts a variety of seafood layered in a creamy white sauce and fresh pasta. Add a bottle of Ferrari-Carano Reserve Chardonnay - Heaven!
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