Sunday, September 3, 2017

Wine Review: Ferrari-Carano Napa Valley Carneros Reserve Chardonnay 2012

I know that Lori from Dracaena Wines is in love with Ferrari-Carano, and Lori is one of my favorite wine bloggers. So whenever I get to taste or review some FC I think of her. Hi, Lori!

Ferrari-Carano has been around since 1985 and is based out of Dry Creek Valley in Sonoma. This Chardonnay, however, is from the Carneros portion of Napa Valley. It's from four different clones of Chardonnay, sees eight months of oak aging in French oak on the lees (stirred weekly), then sees another five months of aging in neutral French oak.  

I've been reeeeeeeally looking forward to this since the day I got this bottle. Are those butterflies in my stomach? I think I'm nervous! I mean, it's only a $24 bottle of Chardonnay! Stay cool! You see, it's definitely not gonna be the greatest Chardonnay ever but it has every indication that it's my type. As a metaphor, it's like seeing your dream girl from across the room and then she comes over and talks to you. But then you get to crack open their neck and drink their blood. Damn, that's romantic. I should write poetry.

Tool, Lateralus
It's been a long time since I've done a music selection so tonight I'm listening to Tool's Lateralus. This album came out in 2001 when I was twenty-one years old and working as a landscaper from early April into late September. There's a saying in that industry: long days and short nights. I'd be at work at six a.m., work until six p.m., and if I was still awake past eight-thirty it was a goddamn miracle. I listened to this album a million times that summer.

On September 11th we were in Mashpee working at a complex near Otis Airforce base. We heard fighter jets take off. Later, some lady came out to let us know that "somebody bombed the Pentagon". Those were her exact words. We turned on the radio literally as the north tower fell at 9:59 am. Those fighter jets took off to intercept the hijacked planes. Half of the crew went home, the other half of us finished the day while listening to Howard Stern report on it. I didn't actually visually see any of it until six-thirty that night. I went to my best friend's house, had some beer, and watched replays in disbelief and disgust. All of this death in modern times because of quarrels among ancient mythology. So many people lost because they went to work or boarded a flight. Not long after that I was done busting my ass for $8 an hour and I gave my notice. It was time to move on to better things.

That was my endless summer. It seemed more like two years than just six months. One month after retiring from landscaping, I asked this girl if she would go out with me. It was Halloween (her birthday) and I asked a trick-or-treater to deliver flowers with a note on it. She said yes and we've been together ever since, married for ten years, and have two kids. So you can say that Tool's Lateralus happened at a very specific time and was an important part of the playlist of my life. Right from the intro it delivers nostalgia right to my central battery.

Alright, enough of that! On with the wine! Now that I'm kind of tipsy because I've been drinking it while listening to the music and writing that....

This wine has a 14.2% ABV. It's a gorgeous golden yellow in color with a tilt towards green. Graham cracker and burnt caramel are all over this mother on the nose. Yeeeeeeessssss. There's also aromas of bruised apple, pineapple, cinnamon and butter. Dude, so far this is exactly what I desire out of a Chard at this price. Exactly.

It's full bodied and just gosh-dang beautiful in the mouth. Perfectly balanced in oak and acidity. There's flavors of bruised apple, cinnamon, yellow pear, pineapple, and bay leaf. It's like a fall cider and it's so good! It finishes with bruised apple, cinnamon and a need to have more. This is some awesome Chardonnay, and for your money it'll wet your noodle. Inside joke. Don't ask.

Price: $24
Rating: 4.5/5 = Recommended / Highly Recommended (what does that mean?)

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