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Wine Buena Vista, Chardonnay, Carneros, 2013

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Tasting Notes


The wine is a beautiful golden yellow color.


The wine has a refreshing, elegant, well-balanced taste, with a good level of acidity, generous fruit notes, hints of apples, pears, citrus fruits and almonds. The finish is long and harmonious.


Complex, elegant flavor of the wine gradually reveals notes of citrus, white flowers, baked apple, light nuances of toasted almonds and clementines.


The wine will be a good pair of main dishes, as well as snacks.

Interesting Facts

Excellent white wine Chardonnay, Carneros created the famous winery of California Buena Vista from the same grape variety grown in the region of Carneros. The aroma of wine is fragrant floral and citrus tones, and deep and seductive flavor captures notes of ripe fruit. For the production of wine grapes Chardonnay harvested by hand at night to keep the fruity character of the berries. After sorting and pressing, the wine is fermented in barrels. Then within 8 months the wine is aged in barrels of French and Hungarian oak, with over 38% of French oak barrels - new. Due to the slow shutter speed, the wine takes on a great depth and complexity of fruit and spice character.

In the 1970s, the winery Buena Vista began to study the little-known and undeveloped areas on the border of Sonoma and Napa's southern border, known as the Carneros. Constant breezes of San Pablo Bay made this area the most windy. Located on an area of ​​90 square miles and extends along the southern tip of the ridge Mayakamas (Mayacamas), with a height above sea level to 400 feet. Soils are mainly clay and loam, rich in calcium. Persistent winds, high altitude and sparse soil is not able to produce a large crop of grapes, but instead offer a fruit with a very intense, rich aroma and rich, expressive taste. It is for these qualities winemakers appreciate locally grown grapes, and produce wines that have no equal anywhere in the world. This cool region, which has become home to many varieties of grapes, is rightly earned the title of master of wine District of California.

Producer's description

Buena Vista. Our future - is our past ... our living, bright and innovative past ...

Buena Vista - the first winery in California, founded in 1857 - at a time when the wine regions of Napa and Sonoma nebyli still widely known to the world. The plant has a rich heritage and is considered the most picturesque wineries California. Its founder is a self-proclaimed "Count of Buena Vista" Agoston Haraszthy - cheerful and eccentric pioneer with infinite love and commitment to winemaking in California. In 1840, Earl emigrated from Europe to the promising land of the American West in search of new opportunities. In the mountains of Northern California, he began searching for gold, but luck was not kind to him. And then the graph began to look for "Purple Gold" - the perfect terroir for exceptional wines. As a result of a long search, he settled in Sonoma, while it was short-lived capital of the California Republic, and founded his winery Buena Vista. He bought 800 acres of land near the city, where he built a beautiful house and a modern stone winery and planted their first vines. In Sonoma caves were excavated first caves for aging and storing wine. Already at that time the Count realized that a great wine depends on the soil, climate and health of the vine. Sonoma land were flooded blessed by the sun, protected from the west to the mountains of fog and rain, and a light breeze cooled the south San Pablo Bay. Optimal climatic conditions combined with fertile soil of the valleys and rocky, well-drained slopes, an ideal place for growing world-class vineyards. As a result, the first harvest brought to its creator 6500 liters of wine. Graph example was followed by other winemakers in the area, and soon in Napa and Sonoma have gone full development of vineyards, investing in wine making and the creation of new enterprises. Together with his son Arpad, who studied winemaking in Champagne, Count traveled all over continental Europe in search of the best vines, to improve the quality and diversity of its vineyards. He communicated with the most respected winemakers to adopt their experience, learn new techniques and European technology. On his return he brought thousands of vines more than 487 varieties, many of which were planted in the vineyards of Buena Vista. His experience trip to Europe Earl posted in the first book on gardening and winemaking "Grape culture: wine and wine, with notes of Agriculture and Horticulture" (New York: Harper, 1862). This was the most important reference for many winemakers of California, and the graph in the same year was elected president of the California State Agricultural Society.

Follower farming experimental innovator, an astute businessman and a brilliant manager, organizer, Earl is considered the most legendary and unsurpassed California winemaker. But this bright page in the history of winemaking interrupted his sudden departure from life. In 1868, Earl went to Nicaragua to study for the production of sugar cane rum. But fell from a tree branch while crossing the river infested with alligators. After that, the winery had to go through a period of decline and the phylloxera epidemic. In 1878 the winery was sold at auction to Robert and Keith Johnson, who was not interested in wine, as they were well-known collectors of fine art. "Prohibition", which operated in the United States from 1919 to 1933, completely ban the production, transportation and sale of alcoholic beverages. This caused a complete decline of the wine industry and the Buena Vista for 20 years was all forgotten and remained in ruins. In 1943, Frank and Anthony Bartholomew buy an old winery, begin to repair buildings and grafting vines. And in 1949, Buena Vista back to life, and its first vintage enjoyed incredible success. Boisset Family (Boisset Family) - The following owners of the estate - were passionately loyal to the winery and with sincere love and respect for Buena Vista continued creative vision and unmatched legacy of its founder - the first Count Agoston Haraszthy.

In 2007, Agoston Haraszthy de Mokesa (1812-1869) - the eccentric Earl of Buena Vista - was "enrolled" in the Culinary Institute of America and in the Hall of Fame has joined the ranks of many famous world-class wine.


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