2018 Ferrari-Carano Pinot Noir, Middleridge
The 2018 Middleridge Ranch Pinot Noir seduces with a perfumed nose of cherries, baking spice, black plum, and vanilla, followed by mouthwatering, juicy flavors of red currant, Bing cherry, cardamom, and cola on the mid palate are complemented by graham cracker on the finish.
Food Pairing Notes
The 2018 Middleridge Ranch Pinot Noir is a seductive, aromatic wine that pairs well with salmon, fowl and meat entrées such as beef bourguignon or rack of lamb.
100% Pinot Noir
40% new French oak
The Pinot Noir grapes are hand harvested and hand sorted in the field. Upon entering the winery, the grapes are gently destemmed and transferred to stainless steel, open-top fermenters and macro bins. After a 3-day cold soak, various yeast strains are introduced to add complexity. Fermentors are punched down one to three times per day. Wines are pressed when dry and then racked to barrels to complete malolactic fermentation. The blend was assembled in July and bottled in August.
Between two ridges in the hills above Boonville in Anderson Valley, sits Ferrari-Carano’s Middleridge Ranch. Quiet and peaceful with warm, western winds in the afternoon, the flavors of these grapes are very fruit driven, but still possess the spice and minerality for which the valley is known. 2018 was a very good year with ideal weather conditions for the vines. Spring produced great set, and average rainfall led to good yields. Consistently warm temperatures during the summer months without any drastic heat spikes or rain events allowed for longer “hang time” for the grapes, which led to fully ripe flavors.