Gloria Ferrer Carneros Cuvee 2012
The Carneros Cuvée is Gloria Ferrer's Tête de Cuvée. It represents the best fruit from the 335 acre estate as well as the winemaking expertise in the art of blending. This special cuvée is only produced in select vintage years. With over eight years en tirage and a minimum of six months on the cork, this decade old wine is remarkably fresh, rich, and complex. It represents the ultimate statement of the iconic sparkling house style.
2012 was a long cool growing season delayed harvest by as much as two weeks. This long growing season provided extra “hang time” giving the fruit more time to develop flavor and concentration and substantial mature tannins.
On the nose: Rich aromas of beeswax with lovely toasted almond and lemon curd speak to the complexity of this beautiful wine.
On the palate: White nectarine, quince, and rich baked apple flavors coat your tongue with a velvety lushness. Enjoy notes of caramel crème brûlée at the finish, followed by saline minerality.
The balanced acidity in this aged wine pairs well with soft cheeses and fresh fruit, try sliced mango or grilled peaches topped with a classic chèvre. A watercress salad drizzled with a raspberry vinaigrette and chopped almonds will play with the wine’s bright fruit flavors. For dessert, the spices in a pumpkin pie will enhance the rich palate and creamy finish of this unique wine.
Varietals: 54% Pinot Noir, 46% Chardonnay
Aging: 7-8 years on the yeast