Buena Vista Carneros Winery Chardonnay 2007
These Chardonnay grapes were hand harvested at night to preserve fruit character. Due to the geological diversity of our estate, we harvest blocks based upon optimum ripeness and flavor maturity. The grapes were whole cluster pressed, and the juice was fermented in barrels and aged sur lie, with the lees stirred every two weeks for 6 months. 100% of the wine underwent malolactic fermentation and was aged in French oak barrels (33% new) for 8 months. Buena Vista Carneros has started to use screwcap as the preferred closure on its wines. "I am adamant in delivering the best expression of our vineyards. I believe this closure captures the pure Chardonnay aromas and flavors and will deliver the best quality in the glass," remarks Winemaker Jeff Stewart.
External Reviews for Buena Vista Carneros Winery Chardonnay
Rating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the October 2010 issue. Full-scaled aromas of ripe apples, sweet oak, vanilla and toast introduce this expressive Chardonnay, and there is no let up in richness on the palate. The wine is moderately full-bodied, very well-balanced and comes with all of the fruity extract needed to fill its ample frame, and, while a touch coarse and a bit lemony on the finish, it never wavers in focus and persists impressively. It will be helped in the near-term by service with richer foods, and there is a case to be made that it has good potential for a few years of improvement.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Drinkable now. Further bottle aging can improve this wine.
Food Pairings for Buena Vista Carneros Winery Chardonnay
The 2007 Carneros Chardonnay shows aromas of sweet vanilla, mango and pineapple fruit against a creamy, toasty background. In the mouth it shows intense apple, vibrant citrus, honeydew and pear notes through the creamy, subtly toasty finish. It’s a classic example of Carneros Chardonnay.
24,350 cases produced.
|Sugar: 1.2 grams per liter||Total Acidity: 6.20 grams per liter|