FC NV Fiorella
2020

Ferrari-Carano Fiorella Chardonnay

Fiorella…”pretty little flower”…just like the name suggests, this is a very pretty Chardonnay with a beautiful bouquet of aromas and flavors…a wine to share when you want to impress your friends.

APPELLATION: Russian River Valley

GRAPE: Chardonnay

COOPERAGE: 16 months in French oak, 30% new (25% 1yr, 45% neutral)

RELEASE: Summer 2022

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AROMAS & FLAVORS

Fiorella entices the senses from the first swirl of the glass. A bouquet of pear, honeysuckle, Meyer lemon and creme brûlée lead to rich flavors and a creamy mouthfeel. Apricot, vanilla, brioche and buttercream characters complete this wine.

FOOD PAIRINGS

Our Fiorella Chardonnay is the perfect wine to serve as an apéritif. It also pairs nicely with light pasta and seafood courses or chicken, pork, turkey and veal. Mild-flavored cheeses are also excellent choices.

HOW IT’S MADE

Grapes for this wine are gently hand harvested and whole-cluster pressed. The juice is cold settled for 24 hours, racked to barrels and fermented for 25 days. This wine undergoes 90% malolactic fermentation and is sur lie aged for 10 months with weekly stirring in 30% new French oak barrels. The final blend was assembled in July 2021, then barrel aged until bottling, for a total of 16 months barrel aging.

THE VINTAGE

The winter of 2019-2020 produced average rainfall in Sonoma County, with the bulk of rain falling January through May. Spring temperatures were mild and warm, with bud break two weeks earlier than normal. Temperatures during the summer were above average, with few nights of fog and cloud cover. The month of September was perfect for grape ripening, and harvest was completed on October 2.

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