It’s March and it’s 80 degrees. I’m in shorts and sandals. I was about to ring in the Gin & Tonic season early (why the hell not?) when to my shock and shame realized that I had no gin! So off I went to a local shop where I spotted this.
I say spotted because I freely admit, despite enjoying Ferrari Carano’s wines in the past (Sienna mostly) I channeled my inner woman and purchased this wine purely because of the label! Yes, marketing matters.
The 2010 Ferrari-Carano Bella Luce, Italian for “Beautiful Light”, is a proprietary blend of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Muscat Canelli, and Gewurztraminer. It’s been a long time since I enjoyed a domestic Chardonnay so I was glad when this wine didn’t behave like one. The color is a very light, pale golden, hay like hue. The absence of color however doesn’t distract from the intensity of the wine. The aroma displays peach, pineapple, lemon and spice. In the mouth, the wine is medium bodied and viscous. I sense this was not only fermented in stainless steel, but don’t know for certain. The Gewurztraminer really contributes a lot of spice to the wine, and lends acid for structure. Lemon and tropical fruits dominate the palate. Overall, this is good, and I suspect many will like it more than I did. For my tastes, it was a bit too “thick” in the mouth. I prefer crisper, leaner, more delicate whites. It paired well with a shrimp and vegetable saute. 87 points, fairly priced at about $11.
And here’s the eye catching label that won me over…..
|Ferrari Carano Bella Luce – 2010|
March 23, 2012