Buena Vista Carneros Winery Carneros Pinot Gris 2008

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In early-September, the fruit was hand-picked during the cool night to preserve the freshness of the fruit. The grapes were whole-cluster pressed and fermented primarily in stainless steel with 12% of the juice fermented in 4-year old neutral French oak barrels.

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Varietal: Pinot Grigio
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Buena Vista Carneros Winery:
  Despite several setbacks, Buena Vista Carneros Winery has proven that it is capable of producing great wines no matter what the world has to throw at it. Founded in 1857 by Count Agoston Haraszthy, Buena Vista is California’s oldest premium winery. Unlike many wineries, smooth sailing was not in the cards for Buena Vista. During a trip to Nicaragua, Agoston Haraszthy died, supp... Read more
  Despite several setbacks, Buena Vista Carneros Winery has proven that it is capable of producing great wines no matter what the world has to throw at it. Founded in 1857 by Count Agoston Haraszthy, Buena Vista is California’s oldest premium winery. Unlike many wineries, smooth sailing was not in the cards for Buena Vista. During a trip to Nicaragua, Agoston Haraszthy died, supposedly while crossing a crocodile-infested river. Still, the winery pressed forward, carving a name for itself in California. Unfortunately, tragedy struck again, when a massive earthquake in 1906 destroyed their underground cellars. It wasn’t until 1940 that the winery recovered, thanks to Frank Bartholomew, as well as the winemaking skills of Andre Tchelistcheff. Today, Buena Vista Carneros Winery is clearly a success, since its original location just outside of the town of Sonoma is considered a California Historic Landmark. Since starting to grow wine grapes in Carneros in 1969, they have accumulated almost 500 acres in Carneros, with over 100 separate vineyard blocks, all under the guidance of winemaker Jeff Stewart. Read less

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Tasted at the winery 9/19/09.



Tasting Notes:

The cool climate of Carneros suits Pinot Gris extremely well, yielding fruit with zesty, fresh flavors, while the extra complexity and richness comes from a small portion of the wine that’s fermented and matured in oak. Our Carneros Pinot Gris shows aromas of nectarine, citrus, hints of orange marmalade and floral notes, followed by a nice mouthfeel of minerality with Meyer lemon and peach flavors through the finish. It is a bright, crisp and flavorful wine great with food or on its own. It is an ideal aperitif wine that matches perfectly with grilled fish topped with a mango salsa.

In early-September, the fruit was hand-picked during the cool night to preserve the freshness of the fruit. The grapes were whole-cluster pressed and fermented primarily in stainless steel with 12% of the juice fermented in 4-year old neutral French oak barrels.

491 cases produced.

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 14.1%

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