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Buena Vista Winery Reviews

Score: 91 | May 13, 2019 | Wine Spectator

Big and rich-tasting, with plum tart and wild berry flavors that feature lively savory notes. Mineral and cardamom details emerge on the finely textured finish. Drink now through 2024.

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: 90 | April 30, 2019 | Wine Advocate

Medium ruby-purple in color, the 2016 Pinot Noir Bela's Selection features warm black cherry, licorice, pepper and herbs on the nose plus notions of red and black fruit preserves and earth. Medium-bodied and silky with concentrated spiced fruits, it has a pleasant herbal quality, grainy tannins and a long finish.

Score: 91 | April 30, 2019 | Wine Advocate

The 2016 Chardonnay has a nose of buttered popcorn and crème fraîche with ripe yellow apples and stone fruit notes plus toasted almonds and a suggestion of stone. Medium-bodied, it features honeysuckle flavors in the mouth with a creamy texture and refreshing acidity, finishing long and savory.

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: Gold | January 30, 2019 | American Fine Wine Competition
Score: Double Gold | January 30, 2019 | American Fine Wine Competition
Score: 90 | January 22, 2019 | Wine Enthusiast

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. 

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

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.

Score: Gold | September 24, 2018 | Harvest Fair, Sonoma County
Score: 90 | July 4, 2018 | Planet Grape

Pleasantly plump then tart and dry with notes of raspberry, blueberry, tomato and sage leaf. 

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: 93 | June 29, 2018 | Wine Advocate

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.

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, 90 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: 90 | July 1, 2017 | Wine Enthusiast

Bright red berry fruit meets smoky undertones of peppered meat, seasoned further with licorice and cola. Full-bodied and robust, the wine’s tannins are grippy and supportive. 

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

SILVER

June 11, 2015 | Orange County Fair

GOLD

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