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Buena Vista Winery Reviews

Score: 90 | March 31, 2017 | Wine Spectator

Exhibits complex spicy cherry and raspberry flavors, with loamy earth details and a crushed rock minerality adding texture and flavor. Ends with a long, persistent finish. 

Score: 91 | March 2, 2017 | Planet Grape

Full, chewy, lively and fresh with notes of black cherry, blueberry, boysenberry, cedar and molasses. 

Score: 90 | March 1, 2017 | Wine Advocate

Medium ruby purple in color, the 2014 Zinfandel Arpad's Selection is scented of dried mulberries, prunes, blackberry preserves and fruitcake with a waft of dusty earth. Big, beautiful and full-bodied, it offers tons of dried berry and spice box flavors with a good amount of velvety tannins and lively acid to support, finishing with excellent persistence.

Score: 90+ | March 1, 2017 | Wine Advocate

Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve is scented of black currents, black plums, blueberries and cedar with a hint of sandalwood. Full-bodied in the mouth, it delivers tons of muscular fruit with a firm backbone of grainy tannins and good length. Still very youthful, it needs another 4 to 6 years to enter its drinking window.

Score: 94 | March 1, 2017 | Wine Advocate

Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2014 The Founder has a pronounced nose of baked blackberries, blueberry preserves, dried plums and spice cake with hints of cigar boxes and pencil lead. Full-bodied, rich and opulent in the mouth, it has a solid frame of ripe grainy tannins and plenty of freshness, finishing long and layered. The oak is still quite prominent at this youthful stage, but it has all of the hallmarks of a wine built for long cellaring and will benefit from 5 to 7 years in bottle prior to drinking.

Score: Gold | February 17, 2017 | Sakura Japan Women's Wine Awards 2017
Score: 92 | February 3, 2017 | Wine & Spirits

Drawn from two ridgeline vineyards in western Green Valley, as well as a cool valley-floor site near Freestone, this trades the foggy, wind-swept intensity of far-coast fruit for a more supple, gentle, inland expression that still feels cool. Its silky red-cherry flavor carries an appetizing herbal edge in texture that feels satiny and effortless. It’s delicious and ready to drink. 

Score: 90 | February 1, 2017 | Wine Enthusiast

This elegant, medium-bodied wine has fresh lemon and apple flavors, subtle butter and vanilla accents, good supportive acidity and a polished texture. The mouthfeel turns richer with each sip yet the appetizing balance remains. 

Score: Gold | January 19, 2017 | American Fine Wine Competition
Score: Double Gold | January 13, 2017 |
Score: Gold | November 30, 2016 | Grand Harvest Awards
Score: Double Gold, Best of Carneros AVA | November 30, 2016 | Grand Harvest Awards
Score: Gold | June 30, 2016 | International Women's Wine Competition
Score: Silver - 91 Points | June 27, 2016 | California State Fair

Best of Class of Region 

Score: Silver | June 27, 2016 | California State Fair
Score: Gold | June 5, 2016 | Sunset International Wine Competition
Score: Silver | June 3, 2016 | Los Angeles International Wine Competition
Score: 90 | May 1, 2016 | Wine Enthusiast

This is a spicy, earthy and medium-bodied selection, lengthy and concentrated in cardamom and forest pine. The fruit tends dark and brooding, with a brambly character balanced against the crispness of acidity. The spiciness persists through the finish. —V.B. 

Score: 90 | April 1, 2016 | Wine Enthusiast

A briny note of saline and pickle provide an intrigue to the entry of this wine, which is otherwise integrated in oak and medium to full bodied. Smooth and floral, it sings on the palate, revealing baked apple and pear around a hint of wild vanilla and herb. —V.B. 

Score: 87 | April 1, 2016 | Wine Enthusiast

This is a thick, rich and very ripe wine, with a charred back note making its way against higher-toned tastes of red raspberry and blackberry. The oak is integrated and the wine softly varietal, but it packs a punch on the palate. —V.B

Score: 90 | March 4, 2016 | Wine Advocate

The 2013 Syrah The Count’s Selection shows the bacon fat and dense blackberry and cassis fruit of Syrah, with a deep ruby/purple color, a lush medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, supple tannins, and is quite long, layered and rich. It should drink well for at least 10-12 years. It reminds me of a high-class Crozes-Hermitage from France.

Score: 93 | March 4, 2016 | Wine Advocate

The 2013 Proprietary Red The Aristocrat from Napa has a beautiful nose of crème de cassis, licorice and floral notes. It is full-bodied with sweet tannin, a multilayered mouthfeel and impressive texture and length. This is a beauty and, while accessible already, should age effortlessly for 15-20 or more years.

Score: Double Gold | January 28, 2016 | American Fine Wine Competition
Score: 88 | January 21, 2016 | Wine Align
Score: Silver | December 1, 2015 | Grand Harvest Awards
September 20, 2015 | Sonoma County Harvest Fair


June 11, 2015 | Orange County Fair


June 11, 2015 | Orange County Fair


Score: 88 | April 1, 2015 | Wine Enthusiast

The winery remains committed to French Colombard, honoring its heritage with this wine. Wet stone, apple and lemon distinguish it most, both in terms of aromatics and taste. Crisp and refreshing, it’s a fun wine to begin the night, served chilled and shared.

- V.B. 

Score: Silver | February 9, 2015 | American Fine Wine Competition
Score: 90 | February 1, 2015 | Wine Enthusiast

Editors' Choice 

White pepper and matchstick come to the fore aromatically in this crisp white that’s fuller bodied on the palate than one would expect given the aromatics. Apple and pear give a complex, autumnal fruit presence that leads up to a ripe, creamy finish. 

- V.B.

Score: Silver | January 12, 2015 | San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Score: 4+ Stars | June 1, 2013 | Restaurant Wine
Screw cap. Great value: full bodied and zesty in style, this is a fresh, crisp Sauvignon with good balance and a long finish, tasting of lime, lemon grass, grapefruit, and green apple