Medium-light yellow color; attractive, forward, intense, grassy varietal aroma with notes of ripe melon, kiwi, and citrus; medium-full body; rich, grassy, slightly tropical, citrus and honeydew melon flavors with good depth and a slightly creamy, silky mouthfeel; well balanced; crisp finish; lingering aftertaste. Very highly recommended.
Citrus, mango, kiwi, and lime aromas are complemented by flavors of vanilla, guava and grapefruit in Ferrari-Carano’s 2009 Fumé Blanc. Cool, stainless steel tank fermentation gives this wine a crisp freshness while the subtle oak character from barrel aging adds great complexity and depth
The 2009 Ferrari-Carano Fumé Blanc is a blend of vineyard lots from various appellations of Sonoma County — Dry Creek, Alexander and Russian River Valleys. Fruit arrived with larger yields this year, which was surprising because of low rainfall amounts during the spring and very mild weather throughout the growing season. The happy result was deliciously flavored and well-balanced Sauvignon Blanc grapes. Harvest began late-August and was completed the beginning of October.
When the Sauvignon Blanc grapes arrive at the winery, each lot is gently crushed, de-stemmed and pressed into stainless steel tanks for 48 hours of cold settling. The juice is either transferred to stainless steel tanks or older French oak barrels for fermentation. The wine in barrels is sur lie aged and stirred every two weeks for four months. Individual lots are treated separately until blending to create the final F/umé Blanc blend.
Appellation: Sonoma County
Blend: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Cooperage: 64% Stainless Steel; 36% older French oak
Release Day: February 2010
Tasting Date: September 2011
Varietal: fume Blanc
Country: California, Sonoma
Retail Price on Tasting Date: $