FC NV Chard
2021

Ferrari-Carano Chardonnay

92 Points – Wine & Spirits Magazine

91 points, Wine Enthusiast! This wine is comprised of grapes from 60 different vineyard lots in Sonoma County that are blended together to create one full-bodied, delicious Chardonnay.

APPELLATION: Sonoma County

GRAPE: Chardonnay

COOPERAGE: 100% French oak, 25% new

RELEASE: Summer 2022

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AROMAS & FLAVORS

This Chardonnay delights with aromas of citrus, pear, vanilla, graham cracker and buttercream perfectly balanced by vibrant, rich flavors of baked apple, apricot, cinnamon and hazelnut. Lingering creamy and toasted oak notes round out the finish.

FOOD PAIRINGS

This versatile Chardonnay pairs perfectly with seafood, poultry, white meats and dishes with cream sauces. Try preparations that include citrus, butter, cream, cheese, bacon, nutmeg, thyme, basil or toasted nuts.

HOW IT’S MADE

The grapes are destemmed, pressed, then cold settled in stainless steel tanks before moving to barrels for fermentation. Aged separately in French oak, the wine completes 95% malolactic fermentation, then is sur lie aged and stirred every two weeks until final blending in May, followed by bottling in June.

THE VINTAGE

The winter of 2020-2021 had minimal rainfall and mild temperatures leading to drought conditions in Sonoma County. With a warmer than average winter and spring, bud break was two weeks ahead of normal. Summer was warm and dry, with a few short heat spikes. The warm weather resulted in beautifully ripened fruit and the earliest harvest Ferrari-Carano has ever had, August 16th! The white grape harvest was finished on October 8th.

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92 Points – Editor's Choice, Wine Enthusiast
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Ferrari-Carano Merlot, Sonoma County

94 Points – Sunset Magazine
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