From March 14, 2013
Ah, cometh the spring and soon, warmth. Warmth means deck wines, and we all know that deck wines keep us smiling in the sun even when the temp climbs. In sampling many of the 2011 whites, I’ve found that it’s going to be a super vintage. Sauvignon Blank (or Fume Blanc to all of you drinking California), is crisp and clean.
It’s not a secret that I’m a big Sauv Blank fan. I’ll take them ripe and fruity or crisp, clean, grassy and full of grapefruit. When I try to please C’s palette, I have to look for the Sauv Blancs that feature less gooseberry and open green fields. I found one here that suits that palette.
Correctly grown and nicely fermented, the Ferrari-Carano Fume leaves the big white grapefruit and spiking acidity behind. Rather, it has a subtle fruity feel with a long finish. Not a big acidic or minerality-laden wine, it drinks a bit malolactic with a touch of oak. But still, there’s no mistaking the Fume for any other variatal, it’s definitely Sauv Blanc.
One minor flaw – a noted a bit of effervescence on the pour, but it fades in a few seconds. I’d give the pour a few swirls and about thirty seconds before tasting unless you like the bubbly tickle. After the bubbles, you get a very nice finishing white.
I found it on sale for $14.99 but I’ve seen it for as much as $19.99. The current vintage (2012) is available, but the 2011 sold out. I can see why at this price. I’d grab a few, they should be on shelves now. Quite nice at this price, drinks above this price point.
From the winemaker:
“Ferrari-Carano’s 2011 Fumé Blanc has aromas of lime, kiwi, citrus, melon and a touch of grass complemented by flavors of grapefruit, lemon and lime with a mango and guava finish. Cool, stainless steel tank fermentation gives this wine a crisp freshness while the subtle oak character from barrel aging adds complexity and depth. Made with 100% Sauvignon Blanc.”
From Wine Enthusiast:
A little on the sweet side, but crisp acidity provides a clean whisk of tartness, and the lemon-cream and orange flavors are absolutely delicious.
T-Scale 89. Sweet price for a definite party crowd pleaser that’s not your standard white. Be different and take on the Sauvignon Blanc. It’s rewarding, full of flavor and a real bargain in most instances.