Beautiful-balanced, ample and refined, this wine is comprised of a blend of grapes from the ranches in Anderson Valley, Mendocino County.
Aromas of ripe cherry, cola, dark currant and baking spices fill the senses, followed by vibrant flavors of juicy plum, black cherry and cardamom. A velvety texture and bright acidity distinguish this naturally-balanced wine.
This wine pairs perfectly with salmon, fowl and meat entrees like beef bourguignon or rack of lamb. During the holidays, pair this Pinot Noir with an herb-roasted turkey, gravy and cranberry sauce dinner, or other dishes like a fall harvest salad with butternut squash, pumpkin seeds, pecans and greens, sweet potatoes with walnuts, bread stuffing with herbs, sage, wild rice and giblets and even roasted goose.
92pts Wine Enthusiast "Rich, dark and full bodied, this expansive wine is full of black-fruit flavors and smoky oak, all wrapped in a velvety texture that helps coax black-cherry and dark-spice notes into a lingering finish."
90pts Wine Spectator "Juicy and rich, with concentrated dark cherry and boysenberry flavors, featuring cocoa and chocolate cream accents. Asian spice notes emerge on the finish."
The grapes are hand harvested and hand sorted in the field before being gently de-stemmed and transferred to small, stainless steel open top tanks or bins. After a three-day cold soak, various yeast strains are introduced. Fermentors are punched down one to three times per day. The wines are pressed when dry and then moved to barrels to complete malolactic fermentation.
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.
750ML / 14.5% ABV