A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon,
8% Syrah and 7% Petit Verdot.
The fruit for our 2006 Ferrari-Carano Cabernet Sauvignon comes primarily
from mountain-grown fruit in Alexander Valley. Fog drifts over the tops of
the coastal mountains and burns off quickly in the morning sunshine,
resulting in a warm climate with almost full sun throughout the day – ideal
conditions for our cabernet sauvignon mountain vineyards. With aromas of
blackberry syrup, boysenberry, spicy black currant, espresso, and caramel,
this wine delights with rich, delicious flavors of Bing cherry, chocolate, toffee
and anise. A delicious mid-palate, excellent depth and showy tannins characterize
this lovely Cabernet Sauvignon.
Our 2006 Ferrari-Carano Cabernet Sauvignon pairs well with roasted,
broiled or barbequed heavy game and red meats such as lamb, beef, pork
and veal. Medium and strong-flavored cheeses, such as blue cheese or sharp
cheddar, also pair nicely with Cabernet Sauvignon.
Family-owned and operated since 1985, Ferrari-Carano has been a leading producer of world-class, nationally acclaimed wines. From a small, 30-acre plot of grapes to the present 20 estate vineyards, Don and Rhonda Carano's success is based on their commitment to quality as well as the dedication of the vineyard and winemaking teams to make the finest wines, vintage after vintage. Ferrari-Carano owns vineyards in six appellations: Dry Creek Valley, Alexander Valley, Russian River Valley, Napa/Carneros, Anderson Valley and Mendocino Ridge.
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Twice as large as Napa in size, Sonoma County only makes about half as much wine as its northeasterly neighbor. Because of its vast size, however, Sonoma is able to achieve far more diversity within its borders, which include sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid-back and down-to-earth, but the wines are serious and well-made, ranging in style from subtle and elegant to rich and powerful. Grape varieties are more varied here, from Pinot Noir and Zinfandel to Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.
The largest sub-AVAs of Sonoma include Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley, Alexander Valley and Sonoma Valley. Each sub-AVA, with its own micro-climate, is unique in its grape varieties and styles of wine. Dry Creek makes a mean Zinfandel while Russian River produces stand up Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Alexander Valley makes some of the better Cabernet Sauvignons in the county and Sonoma Valley creates excellent wines from all the above varieties. Other grapes found throughout Sonoma include Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Syrah.
It's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
Very jammy on the nose with black cherry, plum, black currant, some vanilla; It was rich and medium-bodied on the palate with firm tannins, blackberry and black currant fruit, spice, and a little chocolate. Lengthy finish with a hint of espresso. This is a nice wine with the classic cab characteristics. We had it with Italian food, garlic bread and salad...it was a hit. It paired really well with the meal, but didn't overpower it. Nice wine, good value...I enjoyed it.
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.