Our Ferrari-Carano Cabernet Sauvignon comes from mountain-grown fruit
in Alexander Valley. Cedar, graphite, fresh blackberry and spice aromas delight
with a soft mouth feel that boasts flavors of mocha, black tea, wild berry
and clove. Velvety tannins and sweet notes of caramel and chocolate
abound in the finish.
Our mountain vines are dry farmed in shallow, rocky, low-vigor soil that
adds impressive depth and concentration of flavors to the wine. 2011 was
one of the coolest growing seasons experienced in the valleys in a long time.
We harvested the grapes about two weeks later than usual, starting mid
September and completing harvest the middle of October.
This wine is composed primarily of Cabernet Sauvignon, blended with small
amounts of Syrah and Petit Verdot. The hand-harvested grapes enter the
gravity-flow winery and whole berries are gravity fed into tanks for fermenting
before pressing. Individual lots are moved to barrels for malolactic fermentation,
then blended and cave aged for 16 months prior to bottling, allowing
for the perfect balance of fruit, tannin and oak.
Our Ferrari-Carano Cabernet Sauvignon pairs well with roasted, broiled or
barbecued game and red meats such as lamb, beef, pork and veal. Medium
and strong-flavored cheeses, such as blue cheese or sharp Cheddar, also
pair nicely with Cabernet Sauvignon.