2008 Ferrari-Carano Chardonnay

Year: 2008
Appellation: Sonoma County
Country: USA - California
Wine Advocate: 90
California Grapevine: 89
White Wine
Price :
$18.95
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"Also screw-cap finished, the 2008 Chardonnay Sonoma exhibits abundant citrus blossom, poached pear, honeysuckle and tropical fruit characteristics in a medium to full-bodied, juicy, pure, heady style. This delicious Chardonnay should drink well for another 1-2 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, Sonoma County ($23) – Medium-light yellow; attractive, floral, pear and green apple aroma with a hint of honeysuckle; medium-full body; crisp, moderately rich, spicy, lemony, green apple flavors that are nicely balanced and not overly oaked; lingering aftertaste. Highly recommended. 13.9% alcohol; 38,637 cases; 100% Chardon- nay; 100% BF; 85% ML; released February 2010. (My Score: 89)" (CGV)

Winery Notes:
Formerly called our “Alexander Valley Chardonnay”, our 2008 vintage Ferrari-Carano Chardonnay is now labeled with a Sonoma County appellation, as we’ve added superior lots of wine from our vineyards in Russian River Valley and Carneros, combined with Alexander Valley fruit. And for the first time ever, our Chardonnay is now embellished with a screw cap in order to retain the freshness and fruit character of this delicious wine. With upfront apple, pear, honey, butter cream, and honeysuckle floral notes, this wine is perfectly balanced with fruit and creamy caramel, marshmallow and a lingering, toasted oak finish.

Vintage Notes
Grapes come from our vineyards in three growing regions in Sonoma County: Alexander Valley, Russian River Valley and Carneros. A year of fire and ice, we began 2008 battling heavy frost in April, fires in the summer, and heat in the early fall. Reduced yields but intensely flavored, well-balanced, ripe fruit was the happy result of a very challenging growing season. Harvest began mid-August and was completed the beginning of October — 2008 being one of the fastest harvests we can remember.

Winemakers Notes
Over 60 individual Chardonnay lots are either whole-cluster pressed or gently de-stemmed, crushed, pressed, and then cold settled for two days in stainless steel tanks before moving to barrels. 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.