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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 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.

Region: USA » California » North Coast

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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

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.

Wine Specs:

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

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