AROMAS & FLAVORS
This wine opens with aromas of strawberry cream, watermelon, raspberry, and orange zest, followed by cranberry, white cherry and blood orange flavors on the palate. This refreshing and lively wine offers finesse balanced by refreshing acidity and an elegant finish.
Served chilled, this wine’s light, fruit characteristics make it a natural choice for pairing with fresh seafood like salmon, crab or shrimp, and game meats like duck, Cornish hens, lamb or turkey. Try with Moroccan couscous, Salade Niçoise, melon and prosciutto, or chicken. Cheeses such as fresh chèvre, Brie, Roquefort, fromage blanc or Mt. Tam Triple Cream are also delicious.
HOW IT’S MADE
Primarily from Alexander Valley, the grapes for this Rosé are harvested in the early morning hours when it’s cool, then transported to the winery where they are gently destemmed, crushed and cold soaked on the skins for a short time before pressing – just long enough to pick up the wine’s lovely pink and salmon hues and extract flavors from the skins. The grapes are then gently pressed to stainless steel tanks and settled for 24 hours. The clean juice is racked, and tank fermented, followed by blending and bottling in the winter. This wine does not undergo malolactic fermentation to retain its bright flavors and crisp acidity.
The winter of 2021-2022 had minimal rainfall adding to drought conditions in Sonoma County. With mild winter and spring temperatures, bud break was early while a warm and dry summer with above average temperatures in August and September led to an early and fast-ripening harvest. The warm weather resulted in ripe fruit flavors and the earliest harvest Ferrari-Carano has ever had, August 9th! The white grape harvest was finished on September 29th.