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Score: 98 | March 18, 2021 | Wine Advocate

This is the first vintage of this new label by Buena Vista, commemorating the year it was founded. The 2018 Red Wine 1857 is a blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Petit Verdot and 4% Cabernet Franc. The Cabernet Sauvignon is from the Morris vineyard on Diamond Mountain, the Petit Verdot was harvested from the Larkmead vineyard in Calistoga, and the Cabernet Franc is from the Casa Nuestra vineyard in St. Helena. It was aged for 18 months in French oak barrels, 45% new. Very deep purple-black colored, it slowly unfurls to reveal fantastically fragrant notes of candied violets, star anise, clove oil and chocolate mints, over a core of crème de cassis, Black Forest cake and blueberry pie with hints of pencil shavings and fallen leaves. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is jam-packed with rich, seductive black and blue fruit layers, framed by oh-so-plush tannins and a seamless line of freshness, finishing very long and perfumed. Only 50 cases were made. - Lisa Perrotti-Brown

Score: 97+ | March 18, 2021 | Wine Advocate

Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, the fruit for this new wine came from two sites situated around Wappo Hill, a former vantage point peak that sits between Yountville and Stags Leap District. The Yountville vineyard is in the northeast portion of the AVA, just off of State Lane and to the north of Wappo Hill, while the Stag’s Leap vineyard is just south of Wappo Hill. The wine was aged in French oak barrels, 25% new. Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon waltzes out of the glass with gregarious scents of stewed black cherries, crème de cassis and mulberries, plus suggestions of kirsch, red roses, black tea and eucalyptus with wafts of dusty soil and garrigue. The full-bodied palate bursts with precocious exotic spice notes complementing the bold black fruit preserves, framed by velvety tannins and a lively backbone, finishing long with loads of minerally sparks. -Lisa Perrotti-Brown 

Score: SILVER | March 8, 2021 | San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Score: SILVER | March 8, 2021 | San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Score: 90 | February 26, 2021 | Wine Advocate

The 2018 Red Blend Reserve is composed of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Petit Verdot, 9% Malbec, 9% Petite Sirah and 3% Cabernet Franc coming from eight different vineyards (over half of which are in Rutherford). Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, it rolls out of the glass with expressive scents of plum preserves, blackcurrant jelly and mulberries, plus hints of tobacco leaf, charcoal and cinnamon stick. The full-bodied palate has a sturdy frame of grainy tannins and bold freshness supporting the generous black fruit preserves flavors, finishing on a savory note. -Lisa Perrotti-Brown

Score: 90 | February 26, 2021 | Wine Advocate

The 2018 Merlot Reserve Napa Valley is a blend of 89% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc, coming from seven different vineyards across Napa Valley. Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, it sings of blueberry compote, black cherry preserves and black raspberries with suggestions of menthol, spice cake and pencil lead. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is seductively plush and juicy and layered with plenty of freshness, finishing with a spicy kick. -Lisa Perrotti-Brown

Score: 92+ | February 26, 2021 | Wine Advocate

Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon coming from the State Lane area, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Yountville District Collection was aged in French oak, 38% new. Deep garnet-purple colored, it reveals fragrant notes of Morello cherries, black raspberries, cassis and tilled soil with nuances of bay leaves, cast-iron pan and cloves. The medium to full-bodied palate is chock-full of juicy black and red berries, framed by firm, fine-grained tannins and a lively backbone, finishing long and lifted. 319 cases were made. -Lisa Perrotti-Brown

Score: 93+ | February 26, 2021 | Wine Advocate

Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon St. Helena District Collection has a deep garnet-purple color and needs a little coaxing to unlock fresh-fruit scents of crushed blackberries, black raspberries and boysenberries with underlying cassis, violets and fragrant earth notes. The full-bodied palate has a solid structure of firm, fine-grained tannins and a lively line, supporting the densely packed, crunchy black berry layers, finishing long and with bags of energy. 273 cases were made. -Lisa Perrotti-Brown

Score: 94+ | February 26, 2021 | Wine Advocate

Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford District Collection has a deep garnet-purple color and slips sensuously from the glass with alluring notes of baked blackberries, stewed plums and crème de cassis plus nuances of Indian spices, chocolate mint and dusty soil. Full-bodied, rich and laden with loads of black fruit preserves layers, it has a wonderfully spicy undercurrent and velvety tannins, finishing with a refreshing lift. Impressive! 248 cases were made. -Lisa Perrotti-Brown

Score: 93 | February 26, 2021 | Wine Advocate

Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville District Collection was aged in French oak, 47% new. Deep garnet-purple colored, it charges out of the gate with bold notions of blackcurrant preserves, baked plums and blackberry pie with hints of mocha, black olives, bouquet garni and tar with a waft of Sichuan pepper. The full-bodied palate completely fills the mouth with decadent black fruit preserves flavors, framed by ripe, plush tannins and just enough freshness, finishing long with invigorating herbal sparks. 119 cases were made. -Lisa Perrotti-Brown