First signs of maturity in the 2008 Ferrari-Carano, Prevail
I remember drinking early vintages of Ferrari-Carano Cabernet Sauvignon purchased from the Village Corner wine shop in Ann Arbor. This was during my university days when my friend and I would purchase a bottle or two of wine for the weekend. I have not drunk much from Ferrari-Carano since then. Most recently, Andy recommended the 2008 Ferrari-Carano, Prevail, West Face, Alexander Valley. I double-decanted the wine, which after a few hours of air became a rather good wine with more complexity than I expected. This Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah blend works well with the new French oak. It is a savory wine to enjoy over the next several years. This wine is available at MacArthur Beverages.
2008 Ferrari-Carano, Prevail, West Face, Alexander Valley – $35
This wine is a blend of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon and 44% Syrah that was aged for 22 months in a mixture of new and used French oak barrels. Alcohol 14.8%. The rounded savory flavors already show good complexity. The wine mixes licorice, leather, and baking spices with tangy fruit. It needs a few hours of air but will greatly benefit from another year or two in the cellar. ***(*) Now – 2022.