In 1979, Don and Rhonda Carano purchased a single 60 acre parcel of land in Sonoma County'sAlexander Valley which included a restored 1904 farmhouse, a barn and 30 acres of grapes. This was the early beginnings of Ferrari-Carano Vineyards. Since its formal establishment in 1985, Ferrari-Carano Winery has been a family-owned and operated leading producer of world-class, nationally acclaimed wines. Today, Ferrari-Carano owns over 19 estate vineyards totaling over 1,400 acres in five different appellations including the Alexander Valley, Russian River Valley, Dry Creek Valley, Napa/Carneros and Anderson Valley. Ferrari- Carano wines are produced using over a dozen various grape varieties and are offered in single varietal bottlings as well as red and white blends according to our Ferrari-Carano wine reviews. In 2006, Ferrari-Carano's Winery Estate Vineyard in Dry Creek Valley was certified by the California Land Stewardship Institute's Fish Friendly Farming Environmental Program. For more information check our Ferrari-Carano wine ratings below.
This is Ferrari-Carano’s most upscale wine, a blend comprised of all five of the famous Bordeaux varieties. It’s as lush and intricate as almost anything out of Napa, with sumptuous blackberry, black currant and cedar flavors. The giveaway that it’s Sonoma comes in the herbaceousness and slightly greener tannins. Now–2013.
Mountain fruit is the key to understanding this 100% Cab. By that is meant a unique combination of firm, astringent tannins and fabulously concentrated blackberry and currant fruit that absolutely demands aging. It’s obvious that the terroir these grapes come from needs an appellation other than Alexander Valley, for there’s nothing soft or herbal going on here…
A blend of Cab and Syrah grown on one of the winery’s mountain vineyards, this first-rate wine demands time in the cellar. Bone dry, it shows dramatic layers of blackberries, currants, plums, dark chocolate, herbs and spices, wrapped in a firmly tannic, complex structure. Has that inimitable feeling of importance, but it would be a shame to pop the cork before late…
This vintage of Trésor is the winery’s best in years. A Bordeaux-style blend that’s based on Cabernet Sauvignon, this is softly tannic and rich, and it offers layers of cherry pie, mocha and smoky cedar. Best to enjoy now for its sheer drinkability.
Almost everything you could ask for. A fine full-bodied Chardonnay that borders on voluptuous. Tremendously ripe and full of Alexander Valley power. Flowery on the nose, with plenty of texture and muscular oak framing the fruit. A very good wine from an excellent Chardonnay vintage.
All the bells and whistles are here, from the malolactic fermentation that makes the wine soft and buttery to the heavy lees contact to barrel fermentation with lots of new oak. The result is creamy and complex, framing modest flavors of apples, tangerines and peaches.
All 5 Bordeaux varieties comprise this complex but young wine. It’s sharp in fresh tannins, with a rich core of sweet black cherry fruit. Needs some big, greasy steak to match it, but should develop gracefully for some time.
With small amounts of Carignane and Petite Sirah, this hails from the winery’s estate vineyard in Dry Creek Valley, one of the great sources of Zinfandel in California. It is a very fine Zin, showing near perfect balance. Tannic and dry, the blackberry, blueberry, cherry, chocolate, sweet leather and spice flavors are enriched with the vanilla and smoky char of oak.