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Buena Vista Winery Reviews

Score: Gold | November 7, 2017 | InterVin International Wine Awards

The historic Buena Vista winery was California's first premium winery. The Chateau Buena Vista label was launched to pay homage to that legacy. Watch for this wine's release Feb. 3 in Ontario.

Score: 90 | March 31, 2017 | Wine Spectator

Exhibits complex spicy cherry and raspberry flavors, with loamy earth details and a crushed rock minerality adding texture and flavor. Ends with a long, persistent finish. 

Score: 90 | June 30, 2016 | Wine Spectator

Ripe, soft and easy to quaff. Aromas of raspberry, spice and mocha combine with jammy cherry, licorice and anise flavors. –TF

Score: Silver - 91 Points | June 27, 2016 | California State Fair

Best of Class of Region

Score: 90 | June 15, 2016 | Wine Spectator

A supple, charming style, with smooth tannins leading to a mix of gravel- and fresh earth-scented plum, blackberry, licorice and road tar notes. Ends with subtle flavor nuances of mocha and baking spices. Drink now through 2026.

Score: 90 | May 1, 2016 | Wine Enthusiast

This is a spicy, earthy and medium-bodied selection, lengthy and concentrated in cardamom and forest pine. The fruit tends dark and brooding, with a brambly character balanced against the crispness of acidity. The spiciness persists through the finish. —V.B. 

Score: 93 | April 15, 2016 | Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge
Score: 93 | April 1, 2016 | Wine & Spirits

Brian Maloney, who also makes plenty of pinot noir for DeLoach, crafted this from the cold, late-ripening Bohemian Vineyard near Freestone and the somewhat warmer Swicegood Vineyard west of Sebastopol. There's a savory richness here that's satisfyingly complete, the windswept energy of the fruit cradled and softened by 14 months spent resting in French oak (35 percent new). Aromas of tarragon, cedar bark, smoke and dark plum harmonize in a structure that's lush and energetic, saturated with flavor but not heavy. Send it toward duck confit, either now or in another three or four years. 

Score: 90 | April 1, 2016 | Wine Enthusiast

A briny note of saline and pickle provide an intrigue to the entry of this wine, which is otherwise integrated in oak and medium to full bodied. Smooth and floral, it sings on the palate, revealing baked apple and pear around a hint of wild vanilla and herb. —V.B. 

Score: 87 | April 1, 2016 | Wine Enthusiast

This is a thick, rich and very ripe wine, with a charred back note making its way against higher-toned tastes of red raspberry and blackberry. The oak is integrated and the wine softly varietal, but it packs a punch on the palate. —V.B

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: 94+ | March 4, 2016 | Wine Advocate

The 2013 Proprietary Red the Founder is a Sonoma bottling dedicated to the founding of Buena Vista in 1857. This shows beautiful, concentrated blackcurrant fruit, licorice, graphite and floral notes. It is full-bodied and dense with flawless integration of acidity, tannin, wood and alcohol. This is a big, but rich, provocative and authoritative wine with stunning purity and richness. Built for long cellaring if one wants to, this is certainly accessible now, but seems to have at least 30-50 years of longevity ahead of it.

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: 90 | February 11, 2016 | Wine Enthusiast

This unabashed ripe, oaky style of wine will please a lot of people. Caramel and melted butter aromas lead to ripe and buttery flavors with a candied edge. There is a definite emphasis on oak and other complex flavors, while the fruit component lies low. - J.G. 

Score: Double Gold | January 28, 2016 | American Fine Wine Competition
Score: 88 | January 21, 2016 | Wine Align
Score: Silver | January 11, 2016 | San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Score: Best of Class | January 11, 2016 | San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Score: Gold | December 4, 2015 | Houston Rodeo Wine Competition

Reserve Class Champion 

Score: Silver | December 1, 2015 | Grand Harvest Awards
September 20, 2015 | Sonoma County Harvest Fair


September 20, 2015 | Sonoma County Harvest Fair


June 11, 2015 | Orange County Fair


May 26, 2015 | Los Angeles International Wine Competition


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: 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.