2008 Ferrari-Carano Chardonnay Reserve

Year: 2008
Appellation: Napa/Sonoma
Country: USA - California
Wine Advocate: 92
California Grapevine: 91
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"Moving toward a full-throttle, white Burgundy-styled wine, the 2008 Chardonnay Reserve reveals notes of brioche, wheat thins, roasted nuts, honeysuckle, white peaches, pears and a hint of smoky oak (it was aged in barrel for 16 months). Full-bodied with more concentration than the Sonoma cuvee, it requires some introspection, which is not always a good thing if you are looking for immediate gratification. This impressive, cork-finished Chardonnay should drink nicely for 3-4 years.

While there is a lamentable tendency to call these wines “too commercial,” the fact is the quality is high and there is good availability. I am a sucker for the pure deliciousness of Ferrari-Carano’s offerings and no one could argue that this is not an important reason for drinking wines." (WA)

"2008 Ferrari-Carano, “Reserve,” Carneros, Napa Valley ($32) – Medium-light golden yellow; attractive, intense, buttery, pear and baked apple aroma with hints of butterscotch and roasted hazelnut; full body; crisp, assertive, nutty, buttery, apple and tropical fruit flavors with a creamy mouthfeel; a bit harsh on the finish; lingering aftertaste. Very highly recom- mended. 14.3% alcohol; 4,027 cases; 100% Chardonnay; 100% BF; 95% ML; released August 2010. (My Score: 91)" (CAGV)

Winery Notes
The grapes for our 2008 Reserve Chardonnay come primarily from Ferrari-Carano’s vineyard in the Napa Valley Carneros appellation. Comprised of three Chardonnay clones, this wine has lush hazelnut, spice, butterscotch and Fuji apple aromas with delicious caramel, pear, fig, crème brule, and toasty oak flavors with a creamy, buttery finish. The cool climate of Napa Valley Carneros imparts its unique delicacy and finesse to the wine, while the Alexander Valley component adds an intensely rich mouth-filling character. .

Vintage Notes
A year of fire and ice, we began 2008 battling heavy frost in April, and heat in the summer and early fall. Reduced yields but intensely flavored, well-balanced, ripe fruit was the happy result of a very challenging growing season. The grapes for this wine were harvested mid-September — 2008 was one of the fastest harvests we can remember.

Winemakers Notes
Each individual lot for this wine is whole cluster pressed and then cold settled for two days in stainless steel tanks before moving to barrels for fermentation. The wine completes 95 percent malolactic fermentation and is sur lie aged in French oak barrels and stirred every two weeks for nine months until blending in June. Then the blended wine is aged an additional six months in neutral French oak until bottling.