Lot #24 FERRARI-CARANO VINEYARDS AND WINERY
LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN SUPER TUSCAN
LookOut Mountain Ranch
- Alexander Valley
ABOUT THE WINE:
This barrel lot is a beautiful single vineyard Super Tuscan wine from the high-elevation ranch called LookOut Mountain in southern Alexander Valley. These two sustainably farmed Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese vineyard blocks have never before been blended together. “LookOut Mountain Super Tuscan” is a reflection of Ferrari-Carano’s Italian heritage, a lifestyle that embodies a passion for wine, food, entertaining, gardens and art.
The terrain on the LookOut Mountain ranch is characterized by canyons and steep grades. There are 360-degree views of Alexander Valley, Knight’s Valley and Chalk Hill appellations from the top at 1,400-foot elevation. The Cabernet Sauvignon for the blend is from Block 22, located midway up the mountain at 700 feet. The Sangiovese is from Blocks 16 and 17, which are about 100 feet further up the mountain. Block 22 was planted in 1994 to Clone 8, a highly regarded Cabernet Sauvignon clone with good yields and late maturity, while Block 16 and 17 are planted to Sangiovese, Clones 2 and 3. The soils for these blocks are ancient weathered sandstone with sandy loam and are well drained, perfect for growing high quality grapes with lower yields and concentrated flavors.
Winemaker Rebecka Deike uses traditional winemaking methods combined with newer technology, an optical sorter, to enhance quality. The grapes are hand picked, destemmed and optically sorted to stainless steel fermenters for cold soaking for three days. Following the cold soak, the grape must is inoculated with yeast and the tanks are pumped over, one to two times daily, for the duration of primary fermentation. After fermentation, the wine is drained off the skins to select French oak barrels (35% new) for malolactic fermentation, then aged in caves for 10 months. The result is a full-bodied wine with vibrant tannins featuring aromas of maple, dried cherries, cola, vanilla and a touch of cassis followed by flavors of black raspberry jam, plums, leather and toffee.
WINEMAKER(S): Rebecka Deike
ESTIMATED BOTTLING DATE: August 2022
ESTIMATED SHIPPING DATE: January 2023
National Distribution: AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, WY, Washington, DC
International Distribution: Please inquire for more information.A winemaker dinner or store visit is offered in your market as part of this lot. Must be scheduled on a mutually agreeable date.