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Buena Vista Carneros Winery Ramal Vineyard Pinot Noir Clone Pommard 2005

Winemaker's Notes:

The grapes were hand harvested at night off of our Ramal Vineyard Estate on September 10 and September 30, 2005, hand sorted and de-stemmed. Each lot was cold soaked for eight days to maximize color and flavor extraction. Fermentation took place in five ton open-top fermentors and tanks were punched down three times a day to broaden the texture and complexity of the wine. After an average of 14 days on skins, the wine was aged in French oak barrels (40% new, balance of one-four year old) for 8 months. The coopers were Remond, Demptos, Francois Frères.

Region: USA » California » Napa » Carneros

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  • 2005

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Color: Red
Varietal: Pinot Noir
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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

Tasting Notes:

Our EVS clonal wines give us the opportunity to showcase individual clones or blocks that perform exceptionally well in any given vintage. In 2005 the “Pommard clone” of Pinot stood out for its depth of color and fruit intensity. The wine is ripe and explosive with red cherry, black plum, clove and jasmine. The palate is soft and generous with opulent red and black fruit with forest floor nuance. Try this silky Pinot Noir with oven roasted pork tenderloin with cherry reduction.

The grapes were hand harvested at night off of our Ramal Vineyard Estate on September 10 and September 30, 2005, hand sorted and de-stemmed. Each lot was cold soaked for eight days to maximize color and flavor extraction. Fermentation took place in five ton open-top fermentors and tanks were punched down three times a day to broaden the texture and complexity of the wine. After an average of 14 days on skins, the wine was aged in French oak barrels (40% new, balance of one-four year old) for 8 months. The coopers were Remond, Demptos, Francois Frères.

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1004 cases produced.

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 14.3% pH: 3.68
Total Acidity: 0.55 grams per liter

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