Buena Vista Pinot Noir Carneros 2001

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After harvest, the grapes were cold soaked for two to five days to increase color, fruit and texture. After fermentat...

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Deep garnet color. Cherry dominates in the nose with other bright light fruits. Mild earthy aromas and dried leaves. Fairly tannic in the mouth ... Read more

Predominant cherry notes with some vanilla and hints of black pepper. Well balanced. Good value. Read more

Tasted at the winery 9/19/09. Read more

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User Reviews for Buena Vista Pinot Noir Carneros

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Snooth User: Pyrifera
564071,107
2.50 5
Vintage: 2008 04/01/2012

Deep garnet color. Cherry dominates in the nose with other bright light fruits. Mild earthy aromas and dried leaves. Fairly tannic in the mouth with some bitter flavors at the end. Tart cherry and earthy flavors. After aerating, the bitterness is gone and the acidity remains strong.


Snooth User: wet chi
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2007 08/27/2011

Predominant cherry notes with some vanilla and hints of black pepper. Well balanced. Good value.


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,199
4.50 5
Vintage: 2006 09/21/2009

Tasted at the winery 9/19/09.


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,199
5.00 5
Vintage: 2006 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
Vintage: 2006 04/12/2010

Very enjoyable wine.


Snooth User: sacwiners
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2006 05/16/2009

Exceptional flavor, but somewhat lacks great structure.


Snooth User: Ekman
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 02/24/2009

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.


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External Reviews for Buena Vista Pinot Noir Carneros

External Review
Vintage: 2009 01/03/2013

A distinguished Merlot, dark, dry and brooding. Complex, too, with deep flavors of blueberry, mushroom, dark chocolate and anise. The tannins are fairly fierce despite the softness, but the wine doesn't seem like a longterm ager, so give it a decant before drinking over the next few years. - S.H. This is an elegant and supple red, exhibiting aromas of black raspberry and spice that follow through to ripe, layered cherry and toasty caramel flavors. Drink now through 2017. 15,000 cases made. -TF


External Review
Vintage: 2009 01/20/2014

A distinguished Merlot, dark, dry and brooding. Complex, too, with deep flavors of blueberry, mushroom, dark chocolate and anise. The tannins are fairly fierce despite the softness, but the wine doesn't seem like a longterm ager, so give it a decant before drinking over the next few years. - S.H. This is an elegant and supple red, exhibiting aromas of black raspberry and spice that follow through to ripe, layered cherry and toasty caramel flavors. Drink now through 2017. 15,000 cases made. -TF ** SOLD OUT **


External Review
Vintage: 2009 07/13/2013

A distinguished Merlot, dark, dry and brooding. Complex, too, with deep flavors of blueberry, mushroom, dark chocolate and anise. The tannins are fairly fierce despite the softness, but the wine doesn't seem like a longterm ager, so give it a decant before drinking over the next few years. - S.H. This is an elegant and supple red, exhibiting aromas of black raspberry and spice that follow through to ripe, layered cherry and toasty caramel flavors. Drink now through 2017. 15,000 cases made. -TF ** Only 5 in Stock **


Vintage: 2007 02/06/2013

Rating: 84/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the October 2010 issue. Bothersome earthiness dogs this wine right from the start and stays the course even as a bit of fruit struggles to surface. It is supple and smooth and fairly appealing in feel, but its slightly dirty flirtations and its lack of keen focus relegate it to the ranks of less-than-successful Pinots.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Drinkable now. Unlikely to improve with further aging.


External Review
Vintage: 2007 07/07/2011

WS 89 Pts - According to Wine Spectator - Wild strawberry and raspberry flavors are fresh and focused, with a supple texture and spice box details, followed by hints of sandalwood and citrus peel on the finish.


External Review
Vintage: 2007 07/19/2011

Wild strawberry and raspberry flavors are fresh and focused, with a supple texture and spice box details, followed by hints of sandalwood and citrus peel on the finish.


External Review
Vintage: 2006 09/27/2011

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.


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Ratings & Tags for Buena Vista Pinot Noir Carneros

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2.50 5
2009 08/04/2012

826623 Snooth User: J Po
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2008 03/09/2012

361463 Snooth User: ffchick
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2007 04/12/2012

423118 Snooth User: Teppo
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2006 05/14/2010

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2006 11/27/2009

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2006 06/01/2010

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2006 02/15/2009

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Winemaker's Notes:

After harvest, the grapes were cold soaked for two to five days to increase color, fruit and texture. After fermentation, the wine was aged in a combination of French (80%) and American (20%) oak barrels. This Merlot spent 25 months in wood prior to bottling. The 2001 Carneros Merlot is a classic example of cool climate Merlot’s ability to be rich, well structured and complex. Aromas of blackberry, Queen Anne cherry and mocha are highlighted by light notes of herb and sweet vanilla oak. Beautifully layered flavors of cherry, plum, anise and cocoa are delivered to the palate amid rich soft tannins. The smooth elegant mouthfeel leads way to a long lingering finish.

After harvest, the grapes were cold soaked for two to five days to increase color, fruit and texture. After fermentation, the wine was aged in a combination of French (80%) and American (20%) oak barrels. This Merlot spent 25 months in wood prior to bottling. The 2001 Carneros Merlot is a classic example of cool climate Merlot’s ability to be rich, well structured and complex. Aromas of blackberry, Queen Anne cherry and mocha are highlighted by light notes of herb and sweet vanilla oak. Beautifully layered flavors of cherry, plum, anise and cocoa are delivered to the palate amid rich soft tannins. The smooth elegant mouthfeel leads way to a long lingering finish.

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5,027 cases produced.

Chemical Analysis:

Alcohol: 14.3% pH: 3.62
Total Acidity: 0.62 grams per liter

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