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Buena Vista Winery Reviews

Score: 91 | September 13, 2019 | Wine & Spirits

Red-cherry brightness gives this a simple clarity, spicy and warm, with a hint of mushroom savor adding depth. It’s open and ready to serve with buttermilk-battered fried chicken. 

Score: 90 | July 8, 2019 | Wine Enthusiast

Earthy with a persistence of cola and clove, this wine has a delicate structure that’s soft and rounded within a context of ripe power. Strawberry and orange compote give it a fruity underbelly beneath the savory ripeness.

Score: Gold | June 19, 2019 | International Women's Wine Competition
Score: 90+ | June 14, 2019 |

Lastly, the 100% Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Private Reserve (aged 19 months in 68% new French oak) offers an outstanding bouquet of cedarwood, black fruits, currants, and earth. With medium to full body, ripe tannins, and good overall elegance, it’s approachable today yet will benefit from short term cellaring and cruise for 10-15 years.

Score: 91 | June 14, 2019 |

The 2017 Chardonnay Jovita's saw a native fermentation in barrel followed by 14 months in 35% new French oak. It has a classic bouquet of crushed citrus, toasted oak, white flowers, and hints of minerality as well as a medium to full-bodied, rounded, supple, balanced style on the palate. This is a classic, balanced, beautifully textured Chardonnay from the Sonoma Coast that’s well worth seeking out.

Score: 92 | June 14, 2019 |

Slightly more expensive, the 2016 Chardonnay Private Reserve was aged 17 months in 50% new French oak. It's slightly deeper colored and offers a riper, more tropical style in its pineapple, crushed lemon, white flowers, and honeysuckle aromas and flavors. Medium to full-bodied, with notable purity and freshness, it has good acidity, plenty of mid-palate depth and a good finish. It's a bigger, richer wine to drink over the coming 4-5 years.

Score: 93 | June 14, 2019 |

In the same ballpark, the 2016 Pinot Noir Bela's comes from the Russian River and spent 12 months in 35% new French oak. More classic sweet red fruits, forest floor, leather, and spicy incense notes all emerge from this complex, medium-bodied effort that has tons of charm. It too should keep nicely for 7-8 years.

Score: gold | June 5, 2019 | Sunset International Wine Competition
Score: Best of Show | June 5, 2019 | Sunset International Wine Competition
Score: Best of Class | June 5, 2019 | California State Fair
Score: 90 | May 31, 2019 | Wine & Spirits

Brian Maloney blends this wine from zinfandel grown in the Sonoma and Russian River valleys. It’s zesty, with an iron-oxide undertone to the black fruit. The tannins have the bitter spice of black pepper, and firm up the wine’s round structure. Built for beef. 

Score: Silver | May 14, 2019 | Sommelier Wine Awards
Score: 90 | May 13, 2019 | Wine Spectator

The ripe tropical fruit and apple pastry flavors are lavishly spiced. Touches of lemongrass show midpalate, with a long, buttery and structured finish. Drink now through 2024. 

Score: 92 | April 30, 2019 | Wine Advocate

The 2016 Chardonnay Natalia's Selection has a nose of crème fraîche, chalk, lemon pith, almonds, yellow apple and toast. Medium-bodied, it offers a great creamy texture and concentrated savory fruit, with refreshing acidity and a long, creamy-textured finish.

Score: 90 | March 25, 2019 | Wine & Spirits

A blend from two vineyards in the Petaluma Gap, this ages in French and Hungarian oak barrels (40 percent new). It's dark and spicy, a four-square pinot with briskness and floral notes to its cranberry flavors. Round, smoky and a little brash, it will pair well with crispy orange beef. 

Score: 92 | February 1, 2019 | The Tasting Panel

Aged 13 months in French and Hungarian oak, this Pinot Noir opens us with aromas of cranberry, mushroom, and heather. Its forest-floor nature comes through on the first sip with dried roses, jasmine tea, and white pepper following through through to the finish. 

Score: Double Gold | January 11, 2019 | San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Score: 91 | November 27, 2018 | The Tasting Panel

Rich and decadent with jammy blackberry, dusty tannins, and a toffee-cocoa finish. This blend of of 66% Zinfandel with small amounts of Carignane, Cab Franc, Tempranillo, Cinsault, Malbec, and  Petite Sirah spends 14 months in French, American, and Hungarian oak.

Score: Gold | September 24, 2018 | Harvest Fair, Sonoma County
Score: 93+ | June 29, 2018 | Wine Advocate

Composed of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon and 23% Cabernet Franc, the 2015 The Founder is medium garnet-purple in color and beautifully scented of crushed blackberries and blackcurrants with nuances of menthol, lilacs, dark chocolate and cedar chest. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has elegantly played perfumed black fruits, with a firm frame of ripe, grainy tannins and just enough freshness, finishing long and layered.

Score: 92 | June 29, 2018 | Wine Advocate

Medium garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Zinfandel Private Reserve has quite a spicy nose with notions of allspice and powdered cinnamon over a core of raspberry pie, blueberry preserves and raisin cake plus a touch of dried flowers. Full-bodied, rich and decadently fruited in the mouth, it has a chewy frame and lively line of freshness, finishing on a spicy note.

Score: 91 | June 29, 2018 | Wine Advocate

Medium garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Valdiguie gives up fragrant notes of violets, Chinese five spice and raisin cake with nuances of black tea, Sichuan pepper and tapenade. Full-bodied and laden with black berries and spice layers, it has a firm frame of chewy tannins and invigorating freshness, finishing with plenty of spring in its step.

Score: 91 | June 29, 2018 | Wine Advocate

Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Zinfandel Arpad's Selection has a wonderfully fragrant nose of cherry compote, raspberry preserves and baked plums with suggestions of Chinese five spice, roses and underbrush. The palate is led by a taut structure of chewy tannins and crisp acid supporting the spicy baked berry flavors, finishing long and earthy.

Score: 90 | April 27, 2018 | Wine Advocate

Pale to medium garnet-purple in color, the 2015 Zinfandel Antal's Selection is scented of fruitcake, plum preserves and dried mulberries notions with suggestions of spice box, dried roses and balsamic plus a waft of dusty earth. Full-bodied and laden with dried berries and spicy flavors, the palate has a chewy texture and tart backbone, finishing long. 

Score: Gold, 91 Points | April 3, 2018 | San Diego International Wine & Spirits Challenge
Score: Gold | February 15, 2018 | Sakura Japan Women's Wine Awards 2018
Score: Double Gold | January 30, 2018 | American Fine Wine Competition
Score: 94 | October 16, 2017 | Wine Enthusiast

Note this is for the 2014 Buena Vista Chateau Buena Vista GRAND RESERVE Cabernet Sauvignon

An underpinning of soft, grippy tannin carries lingering red currant and cranberry flavors in this full-bodied,unabashedly ripe reserve-level wine. Cola and leathery earth notes combine to boost and contrast the fruit, which persists long into the finish.

Score: 92 | June 1, 2017 | Wine Enthusiast

Rustic compost, wild strawberry and cola spice highlight this medium-bodied, velvety textured wine, buoyed by a linear streak of lively acidity. Leather and smoke accentuate the finish. —V.B. 

Score: Gold | February 17, 2017 | Sakura Japan Women's Wine Awards 2017
Score: Silver | June 3, 2016 | Los Angeles International Wine Competition
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: 88 | January 21, 2016 | Wine Align
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