Ferrari Carano may be among the most beautiful places in all of California wine country.  Made to look like a Tuscan wine estate, the grounds feature dusty roads lined with cypress trees and acres of gardens with flowers galore. 50 full time gardeners toil to keep the property impeccable and it shows. 

Ferrari Carano Driveway – Heading out to the Vineyards

Ferrari Carano Garden Waterfall

Ferrari Carano Estate Gardens

That attention to detail is also evident in their “Sonoma Super Tuscan”, Siena.  Named after the famed Tuscan walled city and the color of the vineyards that surround the estate, Siena is a varying blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet, & Zinfandel.   The 2009 Ferrari Carano Siena is “predominantly Sangiovese” as the back label attests.  In the glass, the wine is a deep, garnet red color.  The aromas of the wine complex and intense.  Bright red cherry fruit, warmed earth, spice and a touch of cedar are all present.  In the mouth the wine is medium to full bodied, with generous dark red fruit flavors complemented by spice, a briary underbrush component and toast.  It’s unmistakeably Californian, and that’s ok.  But what it’s not is overdone and that’s a quality I’ve often found from Sangiovese grown in California. Moderate tannins and acids are all in balance.  Will hold nicely in a cellar for 2-3 years, but it doesn’t need aging.  Nice value at around $17.  90 points. 

2009 Ferrari Carano Siena

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