Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery, Sonoma County

by Stevie on February 11, 2010

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Ferrari-Carano is at the northern end of Dry Creek Valley, quite near the dam. We went there after visiting Sbragia on a rainy Sunday afternoon. We wanted to taste their wines and have a picnic lunch. Unfortunately they don’t have covered picnic tables at this majestic chateau-like winery and it was too wet to sit unprotected. We enjoyed the tasting and had to go to the local general store to have lunch. That was a lot less glamorous than the original plan.

two cold wet cute dorks waiting in the rain for this picture at Ferrari-Carano

This place is gorgeous. I have the feeling that they must have spent a fortune on it. The tasting room matched the property. Both were over-the-top in a fun way. We had the $5 tasting on the ground level. They let you have four tastings for that price and will waive the fee if you buy a bottle. The first wine clerk to help us kept saying mellow things like “Ah right!” which really warmed us up to the place. She soon left and was replaced by “Chizell,” who was also delightful, though bonded more with the women in our party by talking about the woes of dating. I couldn’t take it after a while so went to peruse the showroom and look at all of the charming and useless imported nick-knacks.

welcome to Ferrari-Carano

2008 Pinot Grigio, Russian River Valley: This was a transparent pale yellow. It smelled of apricot and peach. Surprisingly it had a medium body. We all liked it.

2008 Fumé Blanc, Sonoma County: This was a pale yellow. It smelled of pineapple with floral notes. It had a mild grapefruit flavor.

wine and more for sale at Ferrari-Carano

2007 Chardonnay, Alexander Valley: This was a golden yellow with a citrus nose. It tasted of green apple.

2007 Tre Terre Chardonnay, Russian River Valley: This tasted green apply to us and Hegui thought that it was too acidic.

2007 Siena, Sonoma County: This wine is a blend of sangiovese 78% and Malbec 22%. It was a transparent pomegranate color. It had no real nose. It tasted vaguely fruity on medium body with a mildly tannic finish.

2007 Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley: This is a blend of zin 88%, Petite Sirah 6% and Carignane 6%. It was a transparent purplish red. To Hegui it smelled “like the heat of the summer.” It was peppery with a long finish. Good.

2007 Merlot, Sonoma County: This is 97% merlot, 3% cab. It was a brownish red color. It smelled of leather and blood. This was a smooth and sensuous wine. I loved it and got a bottle for the picnic that had to happen elsewhere.

2007 Villa Fiore Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley: This was a purple red color. It smelled of grilled meats. It had a smoky flavor with medium body.

2006 Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley: This was a brownish purple with medium body and a smoky flavor.

the big house at Ferrari-Carano

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Dora February 13, 2010 at 8:52 am

Oi Gui, maravilhoso!..Fiquei de água na boca,pois adoro um vinho.

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