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A few of my fellow wine writers and I asked Sarah Quider, the winemaker extraordinaire at Ferrari-Carano, your questions via Twitter. If you haven’t tried this yet, you must join me on the next one. The cool part about these Twitter chats: we get to sample the wine right along with the winemaker. Wine writing is a hard job … (puts on sunglasses and sits back)…. but someone’s gotta do it. CLICK HERE to follow me on Twitter.
Ferrari-Carano 2012 Chardonnay. Do you like toasted oaky notes? (Raises hand).. You want to hear something crazy? I wasn’t big on the oak until maybe 3 or 4 years ago. Maybe my palate changed, but now I’m totally okie dokie on the oaky. This wine is beautiful to look at too. Put your glass up in the sunlight, and you’ll see what I mean. It looks like honey and tastes like apples and pears. For a pairing, I’m thinking winter squash topped with brown butter, or better yet, risotto… YUM!
Ferrari-Carano Pinot Noir 2013. Have you thought about Thanksgiving dinner yet? It’s right around the corner, isn’t it? If you need something to get you through Thanksgiving dinner with your mother-in-law, or if you’re one of the lucky ones and attending a Friendsgiving, you might want to pick up a bottle of Ferrari-Carano Pinot Noir. The bouquet is excellent. It has strong, rich flavors of cherry and cinnamon. The texture is smooth and stays on your tongue lightly. I would pair this with duck for a quacking good time, or a turkey dinner with a few of your closest friends and family.
Ferrari Carano Trésor 2012. The wines coming out of Sonoma County these days are blowing me away. For example, Trésor is a blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, malbec, cabernet franc, and petit verdot. Appropriately named “trésor” meaning “treasure.” I might be in love with the nose, but then again, I have a thing for noses. I was probably a puppy in a former life. The nose is vibrant and fruity. You can taste blueberries, coffee, and cassis. Full bodied and just brilliant. I give this one two thumbs WAY up. As for food, I would pair this with a big, thick steak with grilled onions… Mentally drooling.
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Disclosure: I was provided samples of all the wines mentioned above, but as always, the snarky comments and opinions noted are mine and mine alone.