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Date Printed: 10/1/2014
Buena Vista Carneros Pinot Noir 2012
Buena Vista Carneros Pinot Noir 2012
(search item no. 130122)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 10/1/2014: $25.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Inspired by its pioneering roots, the winery began in 1969 to explore a little-known corner straddling Sonoma and Napa's southern boundaries known as Carneros. It wasn't long until Carneros gained recognition as one of the world's premier appellations, particularly for varietals that can thrive in cool climates: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay,Merlot and Syrah.

Aromatic notes of black cherry and cranberry rise subtly out of the glass and evolve into scents of rose hips and eucalyptus. On the palate, the tannins are lightened by a nice acidity that makes this a very balanced wine.

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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.