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Date Printed: 11/22/2014
Buena Vista Carneros Merlot 1996
Buena Vista Carneros Merlot 1996
(search item no. 10365)

PRICE ON 11/22/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2006 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 88 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

I'm constantly impressed by Carneros and how it is truly a superb growing region for all grape varietals. This 1996 Merlot is big, dark maroon-red with rich berry flavors. Soft, chocolate tannins linger throughout with a long elegant 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.