2019 Ferrari-Carano Chardonnay Reserve
2019 Ferrari-Carano Chardonnay Reserve, From Carneros, California
Winemaker Notes: The wine entices with aromas of vanilla, butterscotch, spiced pear, graham cracker, and toasted marshmallow followed by elegant, upfront ripe flavors of Bartlet pear, white peach, apricot, apple, caramel, and brown sugar on the finish. The cool climate of Napa Valley Carneros imparts its unique finesse to the wine, while the Alexander Valley component adds a rich mouth-filling character. In addition to a wide variety of appetizers, shellfish, and poultry dishes. Reserve Chardonnay pairs perfectly with richer foods that enhance this fuller-bodied and deliciously creamy wine.
One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it is grown and how it is made. While it tends to flourish in most environments, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest-lived examples. California produces both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines. Some Secret—The Burgundian subregion of Chablis, while typically using older oak barrels, produces a bright style similar to the unoaked style. Anyone who doesn’t like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy Chablis.
Known for elegant wines that combine power and finesse, Carneros is set in the rolling hills that straddle the southernmost parts of both Sonoma and Napa counties. The cooling winds from the abutting San Pablo Bay, combined with lots of midday California sunshine, create an ideal environment for producing wines with a perfect balance of crisp acidity and well-ripened fruit.
Family-owned and operated since 1985, Ferrari-Carano has been a leading producer of world-class, nationally acclaimed wines. From a small, 30-acre plot of grapes to the present 20 estate vineyards, Don and Rhonda Carano’s success is based on their commitment to quality as well as the dedication of the vineyard and winemaking teams to make the finest wines, vintage after vintage. Ferrari-Carano owns vineyards in six appellations: Dry Creek Valley, Alexander Valley, Russian River Valley, Napa/Carneros, Anderson Valley, and Mendocino Ridge.