Upon entering the gravity-flow winery, the grapes are destemmed and hand sorted. Whole berries are transferred by conveyor to stainless steel and oak tanks for a four-day cold soak prior to fermentation. After fermentation, each tank is drained to 42% new barrels, keeping each lot separate. The wine undergoes malolactic fermentation and 21 months of cave aging before blending and bottling.
2015 was another great year for making wine. The growing season began with an early budbreak, after a cool, wet winter. An unusually warm and dry spring was followed by a consistently warm summer leading to elevated temperatures toward the end of August prompting an earlier harvest than in recent years. These favorable conditions resulted in wines featuring good color and tannin structure along with concentrated flavors.
94 Points The Tasting Panel - Grapes sourced from the best selections of Ferrari-Carano's vineyards in Dry Creek and Alexander Valley's resulted in one of the finest vintages yet for this Bordeaux varieties blend. Made up of 71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Malbec, 9% Petit Verdot, 5% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc, this is the epitome of lush. The aromas of huckleberry, vanilla and espresso come forward with promise. And without disappointment, this red is generously mouth-filling. Plumped up plums, boysenberry and melted chocolate fudge gives an idea how sumptuous it is, with a hint of spiced tea on the finish for a touch of savory.