2014 Ferrari-Carano Sonoma County Fumé Blanc
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
It is always obligatory when I taste or drink Ferrari-Carano’s Fumé Blancs to reference my mother. This was her favorite wine, and it was the only one where, with prodding, we could get enough in her to become euphoric. Why she liked it so much I never can be sure, but certainly every time I have had it, I can understand its popularity. It basically says one thing, “I am delicious.” In many ways, there is no need for a wine critic or any wine jargon if a wine can make that point quickly. In any event, the 2014 Fumé Blanc has a delightful, rather compelling, big sweet kiss of caramelized citrus, melons, a touch of peach and tropical fruits. Whatever French oak they use seems pushed way to the background, and the wine is exuberantly fruity, even effusive, with good acidity and always has stunning purity of character. This is a beauty, and with respect to my mother, she had it right. (RP)
*One Star, Good Value* This fresh and very vital young wine makes little claim to serious complexity or show-stopping depth, but it delivers the goods as far as engaging, clean-as-can-be fruit is concerned. Its themes of sweet lemons and green pears are infused with a light touch of tell-tale varietal grassiness, but its principal gift is lively, long-lasting fruit. It has the energy to keep but is thoroughly likeable now and will shine with the lighter foods of summer and spring.
Given time in both French oak and stainless-steel, this wine combines grapefruit with melon and stone fruit like apricot to offer an unctuous weight on the palate. It finishes dry and balanced with shy acidity. (VB)
Citrus and melon flavors are accented by dried floral and hay notes, showing a spicy, juicy side on the finish. (MW, Web-2016)