2012 Ferrari-Carano Sonoma County Fumé Blanc
Young, fresh, fruity, subtle in its nuanced notes of sweet grasses, dried weeds, candied grapefruit and Meyer lemons, this vibrant new wine is equally full of vim and vigor on the palate, and the only caveat we have for the moment is that it will get better and better as it seasons in the bottle over the next few months, and then for a couple of years after that. It is wholly charming yet it is also, as one would expect now, slightly direct in style and a touch youthfully chalky in its pert finish. This wine will stay high on our radar for months and months.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The delicious 2012 Fume Blanc exhibits lots of melon, pineapple and fig notes in an exuberant, fresh, lively, medium-bodied style revealing no notion of oak in either the aromas or flavors. Drink this delicious, consumer-friendly, textbook Fume Blanc over the next year. Ferrari-Carano appears to have the correct formula for Fume Blanc. Perhaps I am a bit sentimental as it was my Mother’s favorite wine, and was the only wine with which I could ever get her slightly buzzed.
Ripe pear, yellow apple and citrus zest notes are lively, refreshing and aromatic, with a nice thread of acidity and good intensity on the finish. Drink now. 82,000 cases made.
Like a little richness, like barrel-fermented Chardonnay, but not...so much? Like the crisp zip of a Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc, without the sharp edges? This Fumé is a standout value, year on year, coming from Sauvignon Blanc grapes grown, farmed, and picked by Ferrari-Carano and their own year-round crew in Dry Creek Valley, Alexander Valley and Russian River Valley. Stainless steel kept 65% fresh, while 35% older French oak barrels rounded out the rest. 2012 was an ideal vintage for this grape, and this style: a big crop, and great flavors. Try with seafood, chicken, or spicy yellow curry dishes.