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Date Printed: 12/18/2014
Buena Vista Carneros Chardonnay 2005
Buena Vista Carneros Chardonnay 2005
(search item no. 91312)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/18/2014: $13.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2006 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 89 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The aromas in Buena Vista 2005 Carneros Chardonnay are a combination of crisp green apple, orange blossom, clove and sweet Meyer lemon. It is a classic example of Carneros Chardonnay and shows all the unique characteristics of the region's terroir. The flavors on the palate show apple and pear layered with bright citrus and lemon curd. Subtle notes of vanilla and spice add texture and round off the long, smooth finish.
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About Buena Vista Winery:

Founded in 1857 as California's first premium winery, Buena Vista, under the direction of winemaker Jeff Stewart, is a leader in cool-climate Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Merlot and Syrah. Straddling Sonoma County in the southern end of the Carneros appellation, the 523-acre Ramal Vineyard Estate is broken up into 167 small blocks, with 21 different clones of Chardonnay and 13 different clones of Pinot Noir, and is set along rolling south-facing hillsides overlooking the San Pablo Bay. The Ramal Vineyard is the crown jewel of all Carneros.

Most winemakers will agree that cool-climate wines like Pinot Noir are the most difficult to produce. And most will agree that Jeff Stewart does so with unparalleled success. Jeff comes to Buena Vista with over 15 years of achievement in cool-climate viticulture and his focus on gentle handling of the grapes and temperature moderation produces wines with complexity, character and depth.