Ferrari-Carano presents its finest blend of the five classic Bordeaux varietals – Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc –from the best selections of our vineyards in Alexander and Dry Creek Valleys. Aptly named “Trésor” for “treasure,” the grapes are hand harvested from dry-farmed, low-yielding vines primarily on our mountain vineyards. Vibrant aromas and flavors of blackberry syrup, baking spices, toasted oak,black tea, cedar, vanilla and cassis, combine with a full, rich mid-palate with considerable, round tannins. Lingering sweet oak notes of crème brûlée and dark chocolate add great depth. This wine’s upfront silkiness and roundness make for a delicious selection now and will drink well for 15—20 years.
Record rainfall in the spring was followed by a mild summer; July being the coolest it’s been in 50 years, then a heat spike around Labor Day followed by more cool weather. The overall mild temperatures led to grapes with higher acid levels at maturity, and which display fresh, vibrant, hand-picked-off-the -vine berry character. Harvest began the end of September, about two weeks later than normal, with the last grapes being picked the end of October.
Upon entering the winery, the grapes are destemmed, hand sorted and then whole-berry fermented in tank before pressing. Individual lots are moved to
barrels for malolactic fermentation, then blended and barrel aged in new and older French oak for 18 months, allowing for the perfect balance of fruit intensity, tannin suppleness and oak sweetness.
Trésor complements lamb, beef and duck dishes that are roasted or braised. Try Trésor with strong-flavored cheeses such as Gorgonzola and sharp Cheddar.