2013 Ferrari-Carano Sonoma County Fumé Blanc
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
It is always with some degree of sentimentality when I taste Ferrari-Carano’s Fumé Blanc as this was my Mother’s favorite wine until she passed away in 2002. She even refused to eat at restaurants that didn’t carry it. The excellent 2013 Fumé Blanc exhibits plenty of honeyed melon, white peach, poached pear and other tropical fruit notes, underlying crisp acidity and a creamy, surprisingly flavorful mouthfeel. (RP)
*Good Value* A little on the light side yet nicely focused on the variety's green-toned potential, this wine is bright and somewhat grassy with a passing reference to peachy, melony fruit in both aroma and on the palate. Its high acidity and lively step work hand in hand with the citrusy, orange and lime notes in its finish, and while it does fall just short of full commendation, it rates for priceworthiness.
Offers a tangy mix of peach, citrus and apple flavors, with a touch of grapefruit skin on the finish. Light and refreshing.
Sourced from Dry Creek, Alexander Valley, and the Russian River Valley, Ferrari-Carano's Fumé Blanc is appealing in its richer style of Sauvignon Blanc while being only lightly oaked. The juice is partially fermented in stainless steel (65%) and partially in older French oak barrels (35%) where it is fermented with weekly lees stirring for just one month. Lots are handled separately before final blending, and the resulting wine is an excellent value. From the winery: "Ferrari-Carano’s 2013 Fumé Blanc has delicious aromas of white peach, orange blossom, pear, quince, Meyer lemon and mango complemented by peach, grapefruit, pear and lemon flavors. This wine has bright acidity and crisp freshness from the cool, stainless steel tank fermentation, while the subtle oak character from barrel aging adds, body, complexity and depth."