Friday, September 15, 2006

Ferrari-Carano Siena 2003 wine review by (PB)

This Sonoma County blend is supposed to be a take-off of the great Italian wines of Tuscany. Think, Sangiovese! This Sonoma County blend though is Sangiovese, Malbec, and Cabernet Sauvignon; not exactly your typical Super Tuscan blend. It is named for the lovely Italian town of Siena which (NW) and I and our spouses toured a couple years back. When my wife smelled this wine, she said it smelled like Italy! There in lies the glory of wine! It is so much more than just a beverage.

Never-the-less, this wine is a somewhat opaque medium-garnet color with a room tinting scent of fresh fruit. The bouquet is rich in black cherry/berry aromas on opening with a big spicy nose with some other things mixed in.

In the mouth, on opening, this wine has rough tannins with a very nice front palate of toast and spice with a slight prune finish.

As it breathes, the fresh fruit nose becomes even fruitier with flavors intensifying as it warms up a bit. This wine was enjoyable and is gone,always a good sign, yet it is a bit clumsy taking on an awkward sweetness as it warms to room temp from the cellar temp of 55 degrees.

The folks at Ferarri-Carano tend to make solid wines in the just under $20 range. I have forgotten what I paid for this one but it was under $15 and, even with its awkwardness, we liked it plenty!

I am headed for Boston this weekend which means hooking up with (NW) which means plenty of more wine reviews coming in the next couple days so raise a glass and stop by soon!

1 comment:

oliviaharis said...

Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon are the classic grapes found in the Italian 'super-Tuscan' red wine blend. They take on a new dimension when grown in Sonoma Countys earthy burnt orange soils. SIENA combines bright raspberry, cherry flavors with smooth tannins and a rich finish.
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