Buena Vista Pinot Noir Carneros Estate Vineyard Series Ramal Vineyard Swan Selection 2007
The grapes were hand harvested at night September 20-27, 2007, hand sorted and de-stemmed. Each lot was cold soaked for five days to maximize color and flavor extraction. Fermentation took place in five ton open-top fermenters punched down three times a day to broaden the texture and complexity of the wine. After 14 days on skins, the wine was aged in Francois Freres, Demptos and Remond French oak barrels (40% new, 50% 1 year, balance 2-4 year old) for 9 months.
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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.
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The 2007 Swan Selection Pinot Noir has deep purple color with aromas of bright red fruits, cherry, floral delicacy, orange rind, spice and hints of cardamom. It continues with flavors of racy raspberry and cranberry, candied cherry, nutmeg and candied ginger. The wine lingers with a sweet vanilla finish balanced by great acid and fruit definition. The Swan Selection Clone of Pinot Noir was planted in 1996 on our Ramal Vineyard Estate and exhibits more focus and bright delicate fruit than the Dijon clones. Try this Pinot Noir with tri tip and zucchini off the summer grill.
884 cases produced.
|Alcohol: 14.4%||pH: 3.65|
|Total Acidity: 0.57 grams per liter|