Buena Vista Carneros Merlot '10
Made from grapes grown in 2010, which was an excellent year for California Merlot, Buena Vista Carneros Merlot '10 is one of our favorite Merlots. Though Carneros isn't as well known as Napa and Sonoma Valleys to the north, it's widely regarded as one of the best appellations in the world, enjoying a mild, slightly cool climate all year long. This winery's Merlot is intensely flavorful, with lots of big berry flavors, including cherry, and cranberry, and just a hint of black pepper spice that gives this wine quite a kick. The nose has notes of sweet plum and rhubarb pie, and the mouthfeel is soft and supple, making this an excellent wine all-around and a perfect representation of how good a New World Merlot can be.