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