2011 Ferrari-Carano Fume Blanc

Year: 2011
Appellation: Sonoma County
Country: USA - California
Connoisseurs' Guide: 87
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.8%
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"Clean, very lively and laced with elements of wet grass but not at all excessive in its herbaceousness, Ferrari Carano's latest is a well-defined Sauvignon made in a rounded, easy-to-taste style. It is a bit fuller in feel and is still buoyed by nicely placed acids, and its bent to richness directs it to service with herbed chicken. Reviewed: November 2012" (CG)

Winery Notes:
Ferrari-Carano’s 2011 Fumé Blanc has aromas of lime, kiwi, citrus, melon and a touch of grass complemented by flavors of grapefruit, lemon and lime with a mango and guava finish. Cool, stainless steel tank fermentation gives this wine a crisp freshness while the subtle oak character from barrel aging adds complexity and depth.

Vintage Notes
The 2011 Ferrari-Carano Fumé Blanc is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc grapes from various appellations in Sonoma County — Dry Creek Valley, Alexander Valley and Russian River Valley. The growing season got off to a late start with an unusually wet and cool spring. A late-season rain in early June when many of the vines were in bloom and pollinating stunted the size of the crop and created uneven growing patterns in many of our vineyards. Summer temperatures were cool overall, averaging in the low to mid-80s, until mid-September when temperatures reached the mid-90s for nearly a week. This led to ideal maturity, great depth and higher concentration of flavors. The grapes for the Fume Blanc were harvested from early September to mid-October.

Winemakers Notes
When the Sauvignon Blanc grapes arrive at the winery, each lot is gently crushed and pressed into stainless steel tanks for 48 hours of cold settling. The juice is either transferred to stainless steel tanks or older French oak barrels for fermentation. The wine in barrels is sur lie aged and stirred every week for two months. Individual lots are treated separately until blending to create the final Fumé Blanc blend