Buena Vista Merlot Carneros 2006
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 fermentation in open top fermenters, the wine was aged in a combination of French and American oak barrels (37% new) for 15 months. A small amount of Syrah was blended to bring more depth and complexity to the finished wine.
Tasted at the winery 9/19/09.
Deep, complex and concentrated pinot! Wonderfully dark, earthy nose or black berries and spice. On the palate, spice, cedar and slight earth hints throughout. Bold frame.
Very enjoyable wine.
Exceptional flavor, but somewhat lacks great structure.
This wine doesn't suck!!!! Bright cherry, and earthy wild mushroom as to be expected from Carneros. Excellent. Undertones of sweet mocha and clove. This is a wine of great depth with the long, supple finish.
Three and a half glasses
External Reviews for Buena Vista Merlot Carneros
Shows wonderfully ripe, pure Pinot Noir fruit flavors, with black and red cherries and currants elaborated with exotic Asian spices and sweet, smoky sandalwood. Very tasty and elegant now and for the next several years.
Lean and trim, with a modest band of sage-accented Pinot Noir flavors. Enough dried cherry and plum notes emerge to give it balance, so cellaring into 1998 is advised.
Reflecting the Carneros character, this 1997 Pinot Noir is full, with bright red color and excellent clarity, including aromas and flavors depicting the classic style of Burgundy. A bouquet of dried roses, touched with menthol and vanilla. Supple, round and sensuous mouth feel with flavors of ripe berries and cherries which are layered with underlying hints of vanilla, cocoa powder and semi-sweet chocolate. The finish is luscious, long and lingering.
Like the regular Chardonnay, Buena Vista's regular Pinot Noir is a medium-bodied, easy-drinking version of the variety. There's enough herbal complexity to keep it interesting, but the cherry-tinged fruit is ripe and the tannins supple. Finishes with a burst of crisp acidity.
Smooth and polished, showing earthy berry and cherry notes and finishing with soft tannins. Excellent served with grilled teriyaki lamb chops.
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The fruit is light and rosy; the tannins are heavier, based in soil and oak. Those tannins soften a little with air, and the wine may integrate with another year or two in bottle.
Food Pairings for Buena Vista Merlot Carneros
This 2006 Carneros Merlot is beautifully balanced and rich, a testament to our Carneros estate fruit, showing aromas of cassis and roasted coffee beans are followed by toasty oak, black cherry and sweet vanilla and flavors of black cherry, green tea and spice with hints of earth and tobacco. It has a supple mouthfeel and finishes with polished 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.