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Score: 98 | March 18, 2021 | Wine Advocate

This is the first vintage of this new label by Buena Vista, commemorating the year it was founded. The 2018 Red Wine 1857 is a blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Petit Verdot and 4% Cabernet Franc. The Cabernet Sauvignon is from the Morris vineyard on Diamond Mountain, the Petit Verdot was harvested from the Larkmead vineyard in Calistoga, and the Cabernet Franc is from the Casa Nuestra vineyard in St. Helena. It was aged for 18 months in French oak barrels, 45% new. Very deep purple-black colored, it slowly unfurls to reveal fantastically fragrant notes of candied violets, star anise, clove oil and chocolate mints, over a core of crème de cassis, Black Forest cake and blueberry pie with hints of pencil shavings and fallen leaves. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is jam-packed with rich, seductive black and blue fruit layers, framed by oh-so-plush tannins and a seamless line of freshness, finishing very long and perfumed. Only 50 cases were made. - Lisa Perrotti-Brown

Score: 97+ | March 18, 2021 | Wine Advocate

Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, the fruit for this new wine came from two sites situated around Wappo Hill, a former vantage point peak that sits between Yountville and Stags Leap District. The Yountville vineyard is in the northeast portion of the AVA, just off of State Lane and to the north of Wappo Hill, while the Stag’s Leap vineyard is just south of Wappo Hill. The wine was aged in French oak barrels, 25% new. Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon waltzes out of the glass with gregarious scents of stewed black cherries, crème de cassis and mulberries, plus suggestions of kirsch, red roses, black tea and eucalyptus with wafts of dusty soil and garrigue. The full-bodied palate bursts with precocious exotic spice notes complementing the bold black fruit preserves, framed by velvety tannins and a lively backbone, finishing long with loads of minerally sparks. -Lisa Perrotti-Brown 

Score: SILVER | March 8, 2021 | San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Score: SILVER | March 8, 2021 | San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Score: SILVER | March 8, 2021 | San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Score: SILVER | March 8, 2021 | San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Score: DOUBLE GOLD | March 8, 2021 | San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Score: BEST OF CLASS | March 8, 2021 | San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Score: DOUBLE GOLD | March 8, 2021 | San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Score: DOUBLE GOLD | March 8, 2021 | San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition