2008 Buena Vista Pinot Noir

While we wait for me to get in gear on formally starting the 2012 writing season I thought I’d sneak this out in the meantime. And what better place to start than with one of Angela’s, my right hand (wo)man’s, recommendations. For those that don’t know she is a very trusted palate so when she says run I do and you should feel free to do the same. Not that I needed it but this one also earned some accolades from Joe and the crew over at GoodCheapVino.com which is another trusted resource. Now as for James’s take that this one is no big shakes in comparison to daily deal sites the difference to me is I don’t have to commit to multiple bottles in advance and/or pay shipping charges. Now as for the Fort Ross Pinot he mentions as available at Grocery Outlet ($13) I’d love to give it a try. But in the meantime let’s see what I think of this one…

2008 Buena Vista Pinot NoirPrice: $9.99 @ Trader Joe’s

What They Said:

Per Trader Joe’sBuena Vista Carneros Pinot Noir is made with grapes grown in the Carneros region, the area that spans the distance between the Napa & Sonoma Valleys. The grapes were handpicked at night to preserve the fruit’s character, then hand sorted to ensure only the very best of the lot were used in the winemaking. After fermentation, the wine is aged for eight months in 33% new French oak barrels, with the remaining wine aged in one to two year old barrels.

This Pinot Noir is bright with Bing cherry, allspice and earthy elements. Blackberry & plum fruit flavors give way to undertones of coffee and clove and a long, supple finish.”

What I Think:

(13.5%) Initially this one comes across as more earthy and minerally before opening up to dark, lush (mainly cherry) fruit with sandalwood and spice. The rich, creamy finish lingers softly with cherry-cola spice. Once given time to breathe this one is smooth and easy drinking throughout. That said be sure to crack the top on this one an hour or two prior to planned consumption. If you can handle that this one offers some nice QPR at $10.

Rating: Buy It

Wine Geek Notes: Screwtop, Aged in 33% new French oak

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7 thoughts on “2008 Buena Vista Pinot Noir

  1. This past year, or so, I’ve enjoyed several bottles of the 2006 Buena Vista Pinot Noir Reserve at $19.99. Like the reviews mention, this winery cranks out pinots that are strawberry flavored fruit bombs (which is my preferred dominant flavor in a pinot-I just love it). Am putting this 2008 non-reserve on my shopping list. Thanks, Jason.

    • Danny, let me know if you get to try it. I had my 2nd bottle and was again quite pleased given the price point. That said I know most of my picks of late have disappointed you so fingers crossed that is not the case again. Hope this finds you well…

      • Jason,
        Jason, When i picked up a 750ml of this wine recently, to my surprise there were more than 12 dusty bottles available on the shelf. Despite an alluring nose of asian spices and blue fruit, this one disappointed me with its somewhat heavy presence of oak and tea flavors that overwhelmed light swirls of red and blue fruit.
        Not a fan of this Buena Vista wine, although I am a fan of the Buena Vista 2006 Reserve Pinot Noir which is still available, I believe, and which has a rich strawberry flavor that I love in a pinot noir——

  2. This wine is the bomb for this price point ($9.99 at TJ’s)!! I have drank several bottles over the last month and its a fantastic Pinot. This comes from someone who ONLY drinks Pinot, so I know my Pinot! I would dare anyone to give me a name of a Pinot that drinks as well as this one for this price.


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