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Gloria Ferrer Winery

Gloria Ferrer Winery at sunset

Profile: Founded in the 1980s by the Ferrers, the family behind Spain's Freixenet empire, Gloria Ferrer was the first winery to consider the Carneros region's potential for sparkling wine. At the time the family first planted vines, the region was dotted with sheep and cattle ranches but the Ferrers were sure the sloping hillsides and maritime influences, so similar to their home in Catalonia, would be ideal for growing Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. A quarter century later, the Ferrers are considered leaders in American sparkling wine as well as critically-acclaimed producers of estate and vineyard designate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

Wine label of Gloria Ferrer 2006 Rust Rock Terrace Pinot Noir

2006 Rust Rock Terrace Pinot Noir
Varietal/Style: Pinot Noir
Origin: Carneros, CA
Vintage: 2006
Winemaker: Bob Iantosca
Rating: 14/20
Retail Price: $40

Tasting Notes:
The 2006 Rust Rock Terrace Pinot is an elegant wine with bright cherry and blueberry aromas rounded out by a foresty note. On the palate, the wine's fruit flavors are of red cherry and tart pomegranate with button mushroom, cinnamon and a savory something toward the back of the palate. If we had one criticism, it would be that the wine finishes a little short. But its well-balanced style makes it a food-friendly choice for any occasion. Try it with roast game birds like duck, squab or guinea fowl. It would also make a welcome partner to seared tuna in a red wine sauce, mushroom risotto or a plate of aged, sheeps' milk cheeses.

Wine of the Week March 7, 2011:
2006 Rust Rock Terrace Pinot Noir

Other Gloria Ferrer wines we have tasted:
Blancs de Noirs
Sonoma Brut
Va de Vi
1996 Carneros Cuvée
1998 Carneros Cuvée
2000 Carneros Cuvée
2002 Carneros Syrah
2002 Royal Cuvée
2004 Extra Brut
2004 Royal Cuvée
2005 Blanc de Blancs
2005 Jose S. Ferrer Carneros Pinot Noir
2006 Brut Rosé
2006 Gravel Knob Vineyard Pinot Noir
2008 Anniversary Cuvée
2008 Carneros Chardonnay
2008 Carneros Pinot Noir

23555 Carneros Hwy (121)
Sonoma, CA 95476
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