Contoured and rich-tasting, with concentrated ripe pear, glazed apricot and apple pastry flavors, loaded with intense cooking spice accents. Buttercream and dried savory notes show on the powerful finish. Drink now through 2024.
Buena Vista Winery Reviews
The winds in the Petaluma Gap are known to thicken the skins of grapes, and you might get an impression of chewy black-cherry skins in the tannins of this wine. It's juicy and rich, a heady pinot with a black-mushroom earthiness. Along with that savor, its fruit has the sweetness for duck with cherries.
This is a kitchen-sink red blend of many varieties, predominantly Petite Sirah and Petit Verdot. Chalky tannins provide substantial grip and weight around fleshy blue fruit, sage and cedar. Black pepper and tobacco come into play on the long, spicy finish.
Medium to deep ruby-purple, the 2016 Zinfandel Attila's Selection is closed on the nose, giving glimpses at sliced peach, blackberry jam, garrigue, scorched earth, wet bark, citrus peel and dried flowers. The palate is light to medium-bodied with fragrant fruits and soft, grainy tannins, finishing spicy and fresh.
Pale to medium ruby, the 2016 Pinot Noir Otelia's Selection is scented of cola, woodsmoke, cranberry, rhubarb and warm raspberries with touches of dusty earth, black tea leaves and underbrush. Light to medium-bodied, it's softly textured by grainy tannins and juicy freshness, finishing earthy.
Medium to deep ruby, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon The Count's Selection opens with cassis, menthol, earth and cocoa scents with notes of cedar and red berry sparks. Medium to full-bodied, the palate offers lovely intensity, plush tannins, good freshness and a long, nuanced finish.
Medium to deep ruby, the 2016 The Founder has a pretty nose of blackcurrant bud, bay leaf, graphite, blackcurrant and black cherry with cedar shavings, bitter chocolate and vanilla hints. Medium to full-bodied, it gives up lush, mineral-tinged black and red fruits with a firm but plush frame and great freshness to lift the long, minerally finish. Very classy.
Luxurious in texture and quite ripe in flavor, this full-bodied wine offers butter and nutmeg aromas, ripe pear and peach flavors and accents of cream and vanilla. It feels nice and broad on the palate and its layered flavors linger gently on the finish.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.