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Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
The focus of the Buena Vista Estate Vineyard Series is our remarkable 700-acre Estate vineyard in the heart of Carneros. Set along a south-facing hillside overlooking the San Francisco Bay, this breathtaking property has more than 100 blocks delineated by geology and topography.
The 2006 Ramal Vineyard Pinot Noir is deep purple in color with aromas of blackberry, mocha, toast, damp earth, cardamom and roasted nuts. It continues with a spicy entry and flavors of black cherry, cocoa, broad sweet tannins and cherry liqueur. The wine lingers with a long rich finish balanced by great acid and fruit definition. The Dijon clones exhibit more structure than the Swan Selection and lend to darker black fruit characteristics. Bold enough to pair with a roasted rosemary rack of lamb along with new spring red potatoes.
"Serious white wine. Dense and full-bodied, it's incredibly lush in tropical fruit and apricot flavors. Entirely dry, it shows a honey-sweet layer that’s crisp and well-balanced."
"Complex aromas of roasted grains, wood smoke, ripe apples and subtle hints of crème brûlée are joined in aromas that are both deep and far-ranging. The wine is full in body and somewhat on the soft side, but that softness is never overdone, and it stays in balance while allowing easy access to its deep personality even at this youthful juncture. Less in need of aging that many of our other top picks, this wine will be fully enjoyable today and should hold up well for a few years yet."
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...Read More About Buena Vista
Technically a part of Napa Valley, the Carneros region straddles both Sonoma & Napa counties. It's the Napa region closest to the San Francisco peninsula and the San Pablo Bay, which is instrumental in controlling the climate of the area. The winds from the San Pablo bay create a cool weather pattern ideal for growing Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Both Chardonnay...Read More About Carneros
Pinot Noir(PEE-noh nwahr)
Pinot Noir is a finicky grape. It only grows in
the right climate, with the right soils and the right care. Perhaps because
it is so difficult is why it is so loved. Pinot Noir hails from Burgundy, a region known for crafting the most collectible and sought-after wines from this varietal.
Not only does Pinot reign in Burgundy, it is also...Read More About Pinot Noir
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