Buena Vista Merlot Carneros 2006

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 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.

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Member Reviews for Buena Vista Merlot Carneros

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Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,195
4.50 5
09/20/2009

Tasted at the winery 9/19/09.


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,195
5.00 5
04/19/2010

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.


Snooth User: ffchick
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4.00 5
04/12/2010

Very enjoyable wine.


Snooth User: sacwiners
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3.50 5
05/16/2009

Exceptional flavor, but somewhat lacks great structure.


Snooth User: Ekman
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4.00 5
02/23/2009

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.


Snooth User: Scoutsbox
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3.50 5
02/19/2010

Three and a half glasses


External Reviews for Buena Vista Merlot Carneros

External Review
05/18/2011

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.


External Review
05/18/2011

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.


External Review
05/18/2011

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.


External Review
05/18/2011

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.


External Review
05/18/2011

Smooth and polished, showing earthy berry and cherry notes and finishing with soft tannins. Excellent served with grilled teriyaki lamb chops.


External Review
03/16/2010

Buena Vista Winery Pinot Noir 2006 Carneros and all other wine from Buena Vista Winery are readily available to ship at discount prices. We carry many premium wine from across the world.


External Review
11/24/2008

Sonoma Harvest Fair 2008 - Best of Class Medal


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Tasting Notes:

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.

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.

Wine Specs:

Total Acidity: 0.6 grams per liter

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