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Buena Vista Winery Reviews

Score: 90 | February 18, 2018 | Wine Enthusiast

This is a juicy and full-bodied white, tightly woven in oak and butterscotch. Expansive on the palate, with a depth of apple pie and nutmeg, it offers a balance of fresh acidity that complements well.

Score: 90 | February 18, 2018 | Wine Enthusiast

With a breath of matchstick on entry, this wine is ultimately juicy and gritty in texture, with a persistent backbeat of toasty oak. Ripe apple and papaya mix well to offer a tropical creaminess.
 

Score: 90 | February 18, 2018 | Wine Enthusiast

Big oak and a touch of reduction show through on the nose of this appellation wine, as full-figured flavors of crème brûlée, pineapple and Gravenstein applesauce play along a gravelly texture. Highlights of nutmeg and ginger spice the fruit well. 

Score: Gold | February 15, 2018 | Sakura Japan Women's Wine Awards 2018
Score: Gold | January 30, 2018 | American Fine Wine Competition
Score: Double Gold | January 30, 2018 | American Fine Wine Competition
Score: Double Gold | January 30, 2018 | American Fine Wine Competition
Score: Best of Class | January 30, 2018 | American Fine Wine Competition
Score: 91 | January 19, 2018 | Wine & Spirits

Buena Vista's top chardonnay comes from the Thornton Vineyard, an exposed site on the ridge between the town of Sonoma and Petaluma. It's clean with fresh pear and richer pear-nectar notes, the texture supple and round. The structure comes through in light touches of oak tannins, stony notes and the peppery feel of olive oil. Pour it with roasted arctic char. 

Score: Silver | January 14, 2018 | San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Score: Silver | January 14, 2018 | San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Score: Gold | November 21, 2017 | Grand Harvest Awards
Score: Silver | November 21, 2017 | Grand Harvest Awards
Score: Silver | November 21, 2017 | Grand Harvest Awards
Score: Silver | November 17, 2017 | Rodeo Uncorked! International Wine Competition
Score: 90 | November 15, 2017 | Wine Spectator

The strong cedary presence throughout adds structure, flavor and dimension, lending a lead pencil edge to the taut dark berry, currant and olive notes.

Score: Silver | November 6, 2017 | San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo
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: 93 | June 1, 2017 | Wine Enthusiast

 Juicy, fresh and lively, this is a light-bodied effort with a big presence on the palate in terms of rich mouthfeel and velvety tannin. Blueberry, cherry and a pronouncement of forest floor play well together to offer both savory and fruit-tinged sweet. —V.B. 

Score: 93 | June 1, 2017 | Wine Enthusiast

Earthy cherry and cardamom instantly attract the nose and palate of this wine, flirty and floral in classically varietal aromas of forest floor and wild truffle. Juicy acidity keeps it alive and vibrant as it opens and develops, offering a welcome twist of tangerine in the background. —V.B. 

Score: 92 | June 1, 2017 | Wine Enthusiast

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. 

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
September 20, 2015 | Sonoma County Harvest Fair

GOLD

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