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2012 Ferrari Carano Sonoma Chardonnay

2012 Ferrari Carano Sonoma Chardonnay

Ferrari Cara 19_99 16642This is a Sonoma County Chardonnay staple that was $19.99 at my Costco, and from what I’ve seen that price is $2-$4 less than almost anywhere else.  This wine is not my favorite style of Chardonnay, just a tad too oaky and buttery for my tastes, but it delivers exactly what many Chardonnay fans love and it does it pretty well in a package that costs less than $20.

The nose is excellent, loaded with citrus fruit, permeates, smells great, hints of oak.  Flavors of lemon, fig, sour apple and dried apricot lead into a finish where the oak and buttery cream come in.  As I’ve already mentioned, it might be just a tad too much for my tastes, but I wouldn’t discourage any California Chardonnay fans from giving this one a shot.  It’s like receiving a very nice gift, just wrapped up in wrapping paper that I’m not 100%  in love with.

Others may completely disagree with me on this one, and that’s perfect because everyone’s palate is different.  I did not enjoy this wine with food, and I may have had a different experience had I paired with some nice white fish or a good summer salad.

Let me know what you think. California Chardonnays are such stylistically interesting wines, I’m curious what others think about this bottle. Rating: 87 Points

Costco item number: 16642