Wine Tasting – 2003 Ferrari-Carano Sangiovese

Megan and I picked this up just over a year ago, on our first day of our 2006 Napa/Sonoma Trip. This was from the limited release tasting that we participated in, that I highly suggest you do if you give Ferrari-Carano a visit.

A bit of background on the wine –

The 2003 Sangiovese was made up of 96% Sangiovese and 4% Syrah all from the Alexander Valley. After a 10 day maceration period, the wine was aged in 20% New French Oak and 80% 2 year old French Oak for 16 months before it was put into the bottle and allowed to age for another 6 months prior to release.

My Tasting Notes –

Nose – Prune, fig, cedar, vanilla and blueberry

Taste – Leather, raspberry reduction, smelled “portish”

Mouthfeel – Big and bold, firm dusty tannins

Finish – long in length, cedar lingered until the end

This was a fantastic wine, just was we had remembered. Even though it was a 2003 and it drank great, I feel it was still a bit tight and could still go another year or two. We decanted it, and after about an hour and a half was when the more fruit driven aromas and flavors started to shine through. At around $32, it isn’t any every day drinker, but it is a really well made wine for the price.




Categories: ferrari-carano, sonoma, wine tasting | 4 Comments

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4 thoughts on “Wine Tasting – 2003 Ferrari-Carano Sangiovese

  1. I had the 2004 recently and really loved it, so I’ll have to go back and get more at some point. I had arranged my meal prep to match the flavor profiles in the wine, so I’m surious what/if you ate with it….

  2. vcuspoon

    Hi Farley
    Yeah we usually try to do that as well, we decide on what wine we want to have and then we fix something around it. I think this may have been the other way around though. If I am remembering right, we had gnocchi, in a basil tomato sauced topped with sauteed baby portabella mushrooms and a side sauteed garlic spinach.
    See ya

  3. We really liked FC…were in their club for a bit, but the mortgage prevailed over my wine habits….. 🙂

  4. vcuspoon

    Hey Megan
    Yeah I understand the mortgage bit ,we had to cut down on our wine budget when we moved into our house from an apartment a little over a year ago.
    I enjoy all of FC’s wine, we had their Tresor recently also and loved it. And their winery is BEAutiful

    See ya

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