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.
Buena Vista Winery Reviews
This is a wellmade, full-bodied white that delivers honeyed flavors of salted pretzel and toasted oak. The bolder richer elements are complemented by bright bursts of orange blossom, grapefruit and lemon pith.
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.
Made in the traditional style, this non-vintage French Champagne, aged three years on lees, blends 40% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay, and 30% Pinot Meunier (the Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier hail from Premier Cru vineyards). Following aromas of rose petals and raspberry, the fresh flavors include cherry, jasmine, and marzipan. It’s elegant with precise acidity.
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.
Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve has a pronounced nose of crème de cassis, warm black plums and mulberries with suggestions of cloves, violets and dried Mediterranean herbs plus a waft of pencil lead. Full-bodied and jam-packed with black fruit, herbs and spicy layers, it has a firm line of grainy tannins and tons of freshness, finishing long and perfumed.
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.
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.
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.
The 2015 Chardonnay Natalia's Selection opens with a toasty, yeasty nose giving way to a core of lemon pie, ripe peaches and spiced pears with a waft of orange blossoms. Medium to full-bodied with an appealing suggestion of oiliness to the texture, it offers loads of citrus and stone fruit layers with a lively backbone and great length.
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.
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.
A rich depth of flavor is at the heart of this wine, a mix of blueberry, blackberry and cherry that shows a generosity on the nose and palate. Bright acidity lifts the deeper, darker notes of toasted oak and cola. —V.B.
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.
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.
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.
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.