Select lots of grapes are chosen from our vineyards in Sonoma County to
create this beautifully-balanced and full-bodied 2011 Ferrari-Carano Merlot.
This is a velvety wine with a complex nose of blueberry pie, raspberry jam,
cedar, vanilla and spice. A fleshy and generous mouthfeel is followed by
notes of bittersweet chocolate, clove and toffee. This wine has full, generous
tannins that coat the palate, impressive length and lasting acidity.
The Merlot vines are farmed on diverse, low-vigor vineyard sites ranging
from valley floor sandy loam and gravel to steep, sloped, volcanic rock
hillsides. 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 vintage produced a friendly, youthful and approachable Merlot.
The cool climate, valley-floor vineyards produce supple, fruit-forward wine,
while the mountaintop vineyard fruit lends intensity and structure. Upon
entering the winery, the hand-harvested grapes are destemmed, cold soaked
for five days and then fermented in tank before gentle pressing. The wine is
moved to barrels and aged for 15 months, allowing for the perfect balance of
fruit, tannin, and oak.
The fruit forward, easy drinking qualities of our Merlot make it the perfect
wine to pair with any red meat course, Italian entrées, and roasted or grilled
fragrantly-spiced poultry dishes.