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Ferrari Carano Chardonnay Sonoma

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Ferrari Carano Chardonnay Sonoma - Item Code: 04157

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Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Wineries have been home to award-winning wines, exquisite orchards and spectacular vineyard views in Sonoma County for over 35 years. Vintage after vintage, Ferrari-Carano produces wines that exhibit surprising consistency, style and elegance – from the delicate and perfect Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay to the rich and complex Cabernet Sauvignon. Covering more than 1,200 acres across six appellations, Ferrari-Carano’s 21 certified organic vineyards provide the grapes from which its respected wines are made.Best Buy, Wine & Spirits | 91pts, California Grapevine | 90 points, Jeb Dunnak | 90pts, Sunset MagazineThis Chardonnay wine is made from grapes from 60 different vineyard lots in Sonoma County, which are combined to create a full-bodied, delicious wine. This wine delights with aromas of citrus, pear, vanilla, cracker and butter cream, perfectly balanced by rich and bright aromas of boiled apple, apricot, cinnamon and hazelnut. Long, creamy and toasty oak notes complete the finish.

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Chardonnay is a white wine grape variety with green skin that is utilized in the manufacture of white wine. The grape variety was developed in the Burgundy wine area of eastern France, but it is now planted all over the world, from England to New Zealand, where wine is made. Growing Chardonnay is seen as a "rite of passage" and an easy way to get into the worldwide wine market for new and expanding wine areas.

The Chardonnay grape itself is flavorless, with many of the notes that are popularly associated with the wine acquired from factors such as terroir and oak aging. It is vinified in a variety of styles, ranging from the lean, crisply mineral wines of Chablis, France, to the oaky, tropical fruit-flavored wines of the New World. With a medium to light body, prominent acidity, and flavors of green plum, apple, and pear, Chardonnay wines produced in chilly regions (such as Chablis and the Carneros AVA of California) tend to be medium to light in body with obvious acidity and notes of green plum, apple, and pear. Temperature-dependent flavors (such as those found in the Adelaide Hills and Mornington Peninsula in Australia, as well as the Gisborne and Marlborough region of New Zealand) become more prominent in warmer climates, while in extremely warm climates (such as the Central Coast AVA of California), fig and tropical fruit notes such as banana and mango become more prominent. Wines that have undergone malolactic fermentation feature softer acidity and fruit aromas, as well as a buttery texture and hints of hazelnut.

Chardonnay is a key component of numerous sparkling wines across the world, notably Champagne and Franciacorta in Italy, which are both made from the grape.

The popularity of Chardonnay reached its zenith in the late 1980s, only to be followed by a backlash among wine aficionados who considered the grape as a major negative component of the globalization of wine. With 210,000 hectares (520,000 acres) of land under cultivation globally, it is the second most extensively planted white wine grape variety after Airén, and the fifth most extensively planted of all wine grape kinds.

Chardonnay is a versatile grape that can be used to produce practically every type of wine, from dry still wines to sparkling wines to sweet late harvest wines and even botrytized wines (though its susceptibility to other less favorable rot makes these wines rarer). The usage of malolactic fermentation and the amount of oak influence utilized in the production of a Chardonnay wine are the two winemaking decisions that have the most impact on the ultimate outcome of a Chardonnay wine. Malolactic fermentation (also known as MLF) occurs when the harsher malic acid is changed into the softer lactic acid and diacetyl, which results in the characteristic ""buttery-ness"" associated with particular Chardonnay varietals. The wines that do not go through MLF will have more green (unripe) apple tastes than those that do go through MLF. Oak can be incorporated during the fermentation process or after the fermentation process in the form of barrel aging. Depending on the quantity of charring that was applied to the wood, this might impart a "tastiness" and tastes to the wine that many wine consumers mistake for characteristics of the grape variety itself. Caramel, cream, smoke, spice, coconut, cinnamon, cloves, and vanilla are just a few of the tastes that may be found.

About the Producer: Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery

Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery is a California-based producer with factories in Dry Creek Valley and five other vineyards. It produces wines from several popular California varieties, of which Cabernet Sauvignon is the most common. Ferrari Carano began its history in 1979 when Don and Ronda Carano purchased a small plot of 12 hectares (30 acres) in the Alexandra Valley. In the early 1980s, they founded a winery and launched their first commercial bottles in 1987 under the name Ferrari-Carano, with Don's grandmother being Ferrari's last name. Ferrari-Carano currently has 19 vineyards in five California states: Carneros , Alexander Valley, Russian River Valley, Dry Creek Valley and Mendocino Ridge. The vineyards use sustainable agricultural practices, including recycling organic matter for reuse as mulch, replanting other crops to prevent soil erosion, and promoting biodiversity among insects and animals to facilitate the reuse of natural nutrients. (© Copyright, Ferrari-Carano's flagship collection is a collection of classics from selected varieties, including Sauvignon Blanc (from which Fumé Blanc is made), Viognier, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel. and Cabernet Sauvignon. Other collections in its portfolio include Vineyard Selects, Spirit of Italy, premium Prevail and dessert wines. Among the best-known grapes grown in California, Ferrari-Carano uses Sangiovese in its Siena red blend in the Spirit of Italy line. It also produces a premium Bordeaux-style red blend called Trésor, which was purchased by Foley Family Wines in 2020.

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