2009 Ferrari-Carano Chardonnay

Year: 2009
Appellation: Sonoma County
Country: USA - California
White Wine
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Winery Notes:
Formerly called our “Alexander Valley Chardonnay”, this 2009 Ferrari-Carano Chardonnay boasts 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. A full-bodied Chardonnay, this wine delights with aromas of apple, a hint of graham cracker, floral notes, and honey, perfectly balanced by flavors of lemon and pear on the entry and lingering, creamy marshmallow, toasted oak notes.

Vintage Notes
Fruit arrived with larger yields this year, which was surprising because of low rainfall amounts during the spring and very mild weather throughout the growing season. The result was deliciously flavored and well-balanced Chardonnay grapes. Harvest began late August and was completed the beginning of October.

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 100 percent malolactic fermentation and are sur lie aged and stirred every two weeks for ten months.