The buttery but balanced Ferrari-Carano Sonoma County Chardonnay.
100% Chardonnay from 60 different vineyard lots throughout the Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley and Carneros regions of Sonoma County, California. The wine is aged in 21% new French oak and 79% older French oak and undergoes malolactic fermentation.
Sample submitted for review. The Ferrari-Carano Chardonnay has an SRP of $23 and is available for as low as $17.
Select fruit from 60 individual Chardonnay lots are blended together to create a wine profile that is deliciously complex and full-bodied with aromas of pear, white peach, vanilla, orange blossom and buttercream. Gently destemmed, pressed and sur lie aged in French oak with biweekly stirring until blending. Rich flavors of apple, cinnamon, apricot and hazelnut with toasted oak notes round out the creamy lingering finish.
The 2017 Ferrari-Carano Chardonnay opens with an attractive aroma of apple, pear and some buttery lemon cream notes. Tasting the wine reveals similar flavors to the nose with quite a nice touch of spice and tropical fruit. It also features good acidity, a slightly creamy mouthfeel and good balance. And while it doesn't go overboard with the buttery notes, it's probably still more for the oaky, buttery Chardonnay crowd than for those who prefer pure fruit. It ends with lots of lingering oaky spice on the long, zesty finish. This is a really well done example of the classic buttery, oaked California Chardonnay.
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