Buena Vista Carneros Chardonnay 2009

by Nannette Eaton on February 2, 2013


“All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.”
— J.R.R. Tolkien

photograph of Buena Vista Winery Carneros Chardonnay with wine glass against blue tile background

Chardonnay is the golden grape, the most popular varietal, the king of the mountain. And the offering of the Buena Vista Carneros Chardonnay will keep the title of most beloved grape intact. The nose is an appealing vanilla and mango scent, Brain Wines thought the nose was a bit oaky for his sensibilities, but still gave the wine an A- to B+ ranking. The flavors are apple and pear with a nice acidity, but a creamy mouthfeel. As time pasted and the wine warned and opened up (the ambient room temperature was about 62% Fahrenheit) the wine became even lusher. For the food pairing, it was paired with a Rice Krispy Treat and it was extraordinary. The cookie wasn’t too sweet to overpower the wine, and the vanilla notes from the chardonnay worked well with the vanilla of Rice Krispy Treat. The music match is “Golden” by Jill Scott from the album Beautifully Human.

The details: 13.5% alcohol. Cork closure. Appellation: Carneros. Varietal: chardonnay. Retail price: $20 USD. This bottle was provided as a media sample.

photo credit: EatonAlive ©2013

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Dale February 2, 2013 at 6:18 pm

Thanks for sharing – Look forward to trying this on the next night out

Nannette Eaton February 2, 2013 at 6:23 pm

You’re welcome!
Thanks for stopping by.
Let me know how you like it.

All the best,

Nannette Eaton

Candace Mountain (@candacemountain) February 2, 2013 at 6:24 pm

I do love a good wine 🙂

Nannette Eaton February 2, 2013 at 6:28 pm

Hi Candace!

Let me know if you try this one, and what you think of it.
Bonus points if you pair it with a Rice Crispy Treat!

All the best,

Nannette Eaton

Ian Wright February 2, 2013 at 6:47 pm

Nice match – I saw Jill Scott sing that song in London when it was current (2004?) 🙂

Christopher Ford February 2, 2013 at 6:50 pm

I wouldn’t normally even consider eating a Rice Crispy Treat, let alone pairing one with any wine! That said, I can see how a creamy apple/pear would pair well with the American classic snack. I’d probably be apt to try it with a homemade Rice Crispy Treat before a pre-packaged brick. 🙂

Miriam Slozberg (@msmir) February 2, 2013 at 7:00 pm

Good wine is not something I have had for in a while. Good read!

Nannette Eaton February 2, 2013 at 7:10 pm


How lucky were you?
I’ve never seen Jill Scott live — it’s on the bucket list.

All the best,

Nannette Eaton

Nannette Eaton February 2, 2013 at 7:13 pm


Well said!
And making up at home it pretty easy.
If you break your rule and try it, let me know what you think — I was pleasantly surprised (normally I think dessert and wine is not a great match.)


Nannette Eaton

Nannette Eaton February 2, 2013 at 7:14 pm


This was a tasty one.
Chardonnay’s aren’t my go-to wine, but this was well-crafted and delicous.

All the best,

Nannette Eaton

Marchel Peterson February 2, 2013 at 7:21 pm

Chardonnay is my favorite wine. In my opinion it pairs with almost anything.

Nannette Eaton February 2, 2013 at 7:23 pm


It’s the world’s most popular wine, so you’re in good company.
This was a little fruity, with creamy vanilla — but not too much oak.

All the best,

Nannette Eaton

Carly Alyssa Thorne February 2, 2013 at 7:44 pm

Like White Chardonnay’s Thanks for Thanks for the great review

Cynthia Cosco (@passaggio) February 2, 2013 at 7:47 pm

I always enjoy reading your posts…

Nannette Eaton February 2, 2013 at 8:08 pm


Well isn’t that a coincidence!
I always enjoy drinking your wines!

All the best,

Nannette Eaton

Jana G. Ashley February 4, 2013 at 4:39 pm

Rice Krispies (known as Rice Bubbles in Australia and New Zealand ) is a breakfast cereal that was created by Clayton Rindlisbacher for the Kellogg company, and later marketed by Kellogg’s in 1927 and released to the public in 1928. Rice Krispies are made of crisped rice ( rice and sugar paste that is formed into rice shapes or “berries”, cooked , dried and toasted ), and expand forming very thin and hollowed out walls that are crunchy and crisp. When the cereal is subjected to a change in heat, the walls tend to collapse, creating the famous ” Snap, crackle and pop ” sounds.

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