Friday, June 14, 2013

Chardonnay, FERRARI-CARANO, Sonoma County, California, 2011

Ferrari-Carano owns over 1,400 acres of vineyards throughout some of the most prestigious wine grape growing appellations. Here they practice sustainable farming techniques, such as recycling organic matter for use as mulch in the vineyards, planting cover crops and other plant species to avoid soil erosion, add desirable nutrients back to the soil and to attract desirable insects, and integrating animals to naturally enhance biodiversity and nutrient recycling.
  • Apple
  • Orange Blossom
  • Lemon
  • Pear
  • Marshmallow
  • Graham Cracker

From Sonoma County superior lots of grapes from vineyards in Alexander Valley, Russian River Valley and Carneros to make over 60 individual Chardonnay batches. They are whole-cluster pressed or gently destemmed, crushed, pressed, and then cold settled for two days in stainless steel tanks before moving to barrels for fermentation. Aged separately in French oak, the wines complete 85 percent malolactic fermentation and are sur lie aged and stirred every two weeks for ten months.  Classic California Chardonnay at its best!

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