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Buena Vista Pinot Noir Carneros 2001

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.

3.2986259541985 5 0.5
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Member Reviews for Buena Vista Pinot Noir Carneros

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Snooth User: ElChamucoBlanco
853584342
2.50 5
Vintage: 2009 08/04/2012

Two and a half glasses


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: J Po
82662389
2.50 5
Vintage: 2008 03/09/2012

Two and a half glasses


Snooth User: wet chi
80685311
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: ffchick
361463479
3.00 5
Vintage: 2007 04/12/2012

Three glasses


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,198
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
361463479
4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 04/12/2010

Very enjoyable wine.


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External Reviews for Buena Vista Pinot Noir Carneros

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2011 11/04/2014

The Merlot grapes were handpicked at night to preserve fruit character and were gently destemmed before a five day cold soak which increased color, fruit essence and structure. The must was then fermented in small, open-top fermenters using daily hand punch downs. The extended time on skins and hand punch downs helped to extract maximum color, flavor and intensity.Our 2011 Carneros Merlot opens with tempting aromas of blackberry and black cherry accented by nuanced notes of plum and a dash of cinnamon. On the palate, the fruit aromas develop into integrated flavors that are accompanied by elements of pomegranate and dark chocolate. Rich and complex, the wine culminates in a long, satisfying finish. - WineryAlcohol: 14.5%pH: 3.52Total Acidity: 6.9 g/L


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
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
Source: We Speak Wine
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
Source: We Speak Wine
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 07/06/2011

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.


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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.

5,027 cases produced.

Wine Specs:

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

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