Ferrari Carano bought 30 acres in 1979 and the winemaking for them began. Officially the Ferrari Carano brand was introduced in 1985 manufacturing wine and has now expanded to 1500 acres of grapes planted in 19 different vineyards over six appellations in California. The wine making is overseen by Steve Domenichelli, “Director of Vineyard Operations” and he has taken a very “hands on”, labor intensive approach to producing wine. Because Ferrari Carano owns their vineyards, they have the ability to really farm the grapes the way they want. Now a days a lot of Wineries have contracts with farmers on vineyards so they don’t really have the ability to fine tune the vines over the growing season, they just purchase grapes and make wines. The folks at Ferrari Carano have been in the sustainable growing game long before the trend became popular. The recycle organic material for mulch, planting crops to battle unwanted plant species and stop soil erosion and introduce animals to aid with creating a bio-diverse environment and naturally replenish the land.
The wines themselves really reflect the hard work and good practice in the field. They produce multiple tiers of wines, but for our Wine of the Month program we will be focusing on the “Classics Series”. The wines featured are the…
Fume Blanc- Fume Blanc is just another name for Sauvignon Blanc and this one in particular hails from the Sonoma County. This wine is 100% Sauvignon Blanc and is gently pressed and fermented in a split of old French oak barrels and Stainless Steel tanks. The wine in barrel is aged sur lie and then the wines are blended for the finished product. This process results in a wine that is light, fresh, fruit forward, balanced with good acidity and depth and body added from the barrel ageing.
Chardonnay- Another wine comprised of fruit from multiple vineyards in Sonoma County. The wine is de-stemmed then pressed and cold settled for a couple days in stainless steel tanks. It then moves to french oak barrels and is aged sur lie and undergoes 96% malolactic fermentation. This is a full bodied classic California Chardonnay. Its not overly “buttery”, balanced with tropical fruit notes and good acidity.
Merlot- This too is a combination of Sonoma County vineyards. The wine is de-stemmed then cold soaked for five days prior to fermentation. The wine is then moved to barrels for a 15 month ageing process. The results are a very fruit forward yet structured wine. There is balanced acidity and tannin with flavors and red and blue fruit along with cocoa flavors.
Cabernet Sauvignon- These grapes are exclusively from the Alexander Valley in Sonoma County. It is mostly Cabernet grapes blended with a little Syrah. The wine is hand harvested and fermented in tanks before pressing. The individual vineyard lots are then moved to barrels for a 16 month ageing process. Notes of Vanilla, Cedar and Cassis are present. Another fruit forward yet very balanced wine.
Siena- This is an Italian inspired blend comprised mostly of Sangiovese from Sonoma County. This wine is hand sorted and then spends 3 days in the cold soak. This wine then goes through a 12 month ageing process in a combination of “Hungarian Puncheons” and French oak barrels. This wine is another fruit forward, easy drinking wine with soft tannins. A great food wine!
Come in and enjoy the Ferrari Carano Wines for a discounted price all December!