Buena Vista Carneros Winery Merlot California Red 2004

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The Merlot grapes were handpicked at night to preserve fruit character. The grapes were then hand-sorted on our belt...

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Winemaker's Notes:

The Merlot grapes were handpicked at night to preserve fruit character. The grapes were then hand-sorted on our belt system and gently destemmed before a five day cold soak which increases color, fruit essence and structure. Following primary and malolactic fermentation in open top fermentors, the wine was aged in a combination of French and American oak barrels (25% new) for 18 months. For the final blend, a small amount of Cabernet Franc and Syrah were added to bring structure and complexity to the finished wine. This 2004 Carneros Merlot is beautifully balanced and rich, a testament to our Carneros estate fruit. Aromas of cassis and roasted coffee beans are followed by toasty oak, black cherry and sweet vanilla. Flavors arrive in layers of cassis fruit, leather and tobacco, and are complemented on the palate by opulent tannins. This versatile wine pairs well with many dishes, including roasted tomato-sauce on pasta, rack of lamb or herb roasted chicken. It is equally delicious paired with a cheese course featuring aged Gouda or a tangy blue cheese like Point Reyes.

The Merlot grapes were handpicked at night to preserve fruit character. The grapes were then hand-sorted on our belt system and gently destemmed before a five day cold soak which increases color, fruit essence and structure. Following primary and malolactic fermentation in open top fermentors, the wine was aged in a combination of French and American oak barrels (25% new) for 18 months. For the final blend, a small amount of Cabernet Franc and Syrah were added to bring structure and complexity to the finished wine. This 2004 Carneros Merlot is beautifully balanced and rich, a testament to our Carneros estate fruit. Aromas of cassis and roasted coffee beans are followed by toasty oak, black cherry and sweet vanilla. Flavors arrive in layers of cassis fruit, leather and tobacco, and are complemented on the palate by opulent tannins. This versatile wine pairs well with many dishes, including roasted tomato-sauce on pasta, rack of lamb or herb roasted chicken. It is equally delicious paired with a cheese course featuring aged Gouda or a tangy blue cheese like Point Reyes.

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4374 cases produced.

Chemical Analysis:

Alcohol: 14.4% pH: 3.50
Total Acidity: 0.62 grams per liter

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