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Buena Vista Carneros Winery Merlot Carneros

Wine Details

Varietal

Blend

Style

Red

Wine Description

(2005 Vintage) The Merlot grapes were handpicked at night to preserve fruit character. The grapes were then hand-sorted on our belt system and gently destemmed before a five day cold soak which increases color, fruit essence and structure. Following primary and malolactic fermentation in open top fermentors, the wine was aged in a combination of French and American oak barrels (33% new) for 13 and-a-half months. For the final blend, a small amount of Syrah was added to bring more depth and complexity to the read more...The Merlot grapes were handpicked at night to preserve fruit character. The grapes were then hand-sorted on our belt system and gently destemmed before a five day cold soak which increases color, fruit essence and structure. Following primary and malolactic fermentation in open top fermentors, the wine was aged in a combination of French and American oak barrels (33% new) for 13 and-a-half months. For the final blend, a small amount of Syrah was added to bring more depth and complexity to the finished wine. This 2005 Carneros Merlot is beautifully balanced and rich, a testament to our Carneros estate fruit, showing aromas of cassis and roasted coffee beans are followed by toasty oak, black cherry and sweet vanilla and flavors of black cherry, green tea and spice with hints of earth and tobacco. It has a supple mouthfeel and finishes with polished tannins. This versatile wine pairs well with many dishes, including roasted tomato-sauce on pasta, rack of lamb or herb roasted chicken. It is equally delicious paired with a cheese course featuring aged Gouda or a tangy blue cheese like Point Reyes. (hide)