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 plum, wild berries, toffee, sassafras and cocoa that give way to full-bodied, ripe flavors of raspberries, dried cherries, hints of leather and spice cake. This wine’s lush finish is enhanced by cardamom and toasty toffee from barrel aging.
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 for three days of cold soaking. The grapes are then inoculated with yeast and the tanks are pumped over, one to two times daily, for the duration of primary fermentation. Individual lots are drained and pressed to French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation and cave aged for 16 months. Lots are kept separate until blending and 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. The Zinfandel was tasting delicious and ready to be picked on Labor Day, the first day of harvest at the mountain winery.
Marinated Sirloin With Gorgonzola Sauce
These juicy steaks with rich Gorgonzola cheese sauce pair perfectly with braised red wine sweet onions, crusty bread, green salad and a glass of Ferrari-Carano Zinfandel!
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