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"Ferrari-Carano's 2012 Fume 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. The Ferrari-Carano Fume Blanc is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc grapes from various appellations in Sonoma County, Dry Creek Valley, Alexander Valley and Russian River Valley. The growing season got off to a late start with an unusually wet and cool spring. A late-season rain in early June when many of the vines were in bloom and pollinating stunted the size of the crop and created uneven growing patterns in many of our vineyards. Summer temperatures were cool overall, averaging in the low to mid-80s, until mid-September when temperatures reached the mid-90s for nearly a week. This led to ideal maturity, great depth and higher concentration of flavors. The grapes for the Fume Blanc were harvested from early September to mid-October. When the Sauvignon Blanc grapes arrive at the winery, each lot is gently crushed and pressed into stainless steel tanks for 48 hours of cold settling. The juice is either transferred to stainless steel tanks or older French oak barrels for fermentation. The wine in barrels is sur lie aged and stirred every week for two months. Individual lots are treated separately until blending to create the final Fume Blanc blend." -Winery [+]