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Buena Vista Carneros Merlot

2011 Mouthwatering aromas of ripe plum and freshly-baked rhubarb pie are accented with light notes of cranberry and black pepper. On the palate, alluring flavors of cherry and allspice complement the wine's soft mouthfeel while well-integrated tannins lead to a long and spicy finish.
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$30.00 / Bottle   $360.00 / Case
SALE $17.99 / Bottle   $215.88 / Case
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As California’s first premium winery, the focus of Buena Vista Carneros continues to turn to their remarkable 564-acre Estate vineyard in the heart of Carneros. Set along a south-facing hillside overlooking the San Pablo Bay, this breathtaking property has more than 112 blocks delineated by geology and topography. The estate is perfectly situated for the morning maritime influence of the San Pablo Bay and the late afternoon cooling winds channeling from the Petaluma wind gap.

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.

The Merlot grapes were handpicked at night to preserve fruit character and were gently destemmed before a five day cold soak which increased color, fruit essence and structure. The must was then fermented in small, open-top fermenters using daily hand punch downs. The extended time on skins and hand punch downs helped to extract maximum color, flavor and intensity.