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Professional Ratings: 92 Wine Enthusiast, 91 Connoisseurs' Guide
Region: Carneros, California
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Style: Smooth & Supple
Alcohol By Volume: 14.3%
Item no. 100381
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.