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Producer: Buena Vista Winery, Article: Sonoma: Another Brilliant Vintage in 2018

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2018 Buena Vista Winery Pinot Noir Private Reserve

The flagship 2018 Pinot Noir Private Reserve comes from a handful of sites in Sonoma County and spent 15 months in 30% new French oak. This expressive, complex effort offers loads of spiced red and blackberry fruit tones as well as bay leaf, sagebrush, and flowery incense aromatics. Medium-bodied, tight and slightly streamlined, it's beautifully balanced and has good acidity and tannins, solid mid-palate depth, and an outstanding finish. It's going to benefit from 2-3 years of bottle age and should have a solid evolution over the following decade.

  $68 1

The flagship 2018 Pinot Noir Private Reserve comes from a handful of sites in Sonoma County and spent 15 months in 30% new French oak. This expressive, complex effort offers loads of spiced red and blackberry fruit tones as well as bay leaf, sagebrush, and flowery incense aromatics. Medium-bodied, tight and slightly streamlined, it's beautifully balanced and has good acidity and tannins, solid mid-palate depth, and an outstanding finish. It's going to benefit from 2-3 years of bottle age and should have a solid evolution over the following decade.

2018 Buena Vista Winery The Sheriff Of Buena Vista

Based on 33% Cabernet Sauvignon,19% Petite Sirah, 15% Syrah, and the rest Grenache, Petit Verdot, Mourvèdre, Merlot, and Mission, the 2018 The Sheriff Of Buena Vista spent 10 months in a mix of French, American and Hungarian oak. It's a wonderfully fruit-forward, almost Zinfandel-like red with perfumed blackberry and kirsch fruits, lots of spice, brambly herbs, and floral notes, medium-bodied richness, and a silky, polished, elegant texture. It's undeniably delicious and will drink well for 4-6 years at a minimum.

  $40 1

Based on 33% Cabernet Sauvignon,19% Petite Sirah, 15% Syrah, and the rest Grenache, Petit Verdot, Mourvèdre, Merlot, and Mission, the 2018 The Sheriff Of Buena Vista spent 10 months in a mix of French, American and Hungarian oak. It's a wonderfully fruit-forward, almost Zinfandel-like red with perfumed blackberry and kirsch fruits, lots of spice, brambly herbs, and floral notes, medium-bodied richness, and a silky, polished, elegant texture. It's undeniably delicious and will drink well for 4-6 years at a minimum.

2018 Buena Vista Winery Pinot Noir Chateau Buena Vista

Another good value is the 2018 Pinot Noir Chateau Buena Vista (mostly destemmed), which has an earthy, smoky style in its black cherry and blackberry fruit as well as plenty of forest floor, violet, and spice undertones. It's another medium bodied, nicely texture, balanced wine from this team that has plenty to love.

  $40 1

Another good value is the 2018 Pinot Noir Chateau Buena Vista (mostly destemmed), which has an earthy, smoky style in its black cherry and blackberry fruit as well as plenty of forest floor, violet, and spice undertones. It's another medium bodied, nicely texture, balanced wine from this team that has plenty to love.

2018 Buena Vista Winery Chardonnay Chateau Buena Vista

All from Carneros, the 2018 Chardonnay Chateau Buena Vista has a solid, balanced, medium-bodied style as well as terrific stone fruits, pineapple, and spice-driven aromatics. It's balanced and has good acidity, followed by a clean, crisp finish.

  $35 1

All from Carneros, the 2018 Chardonnay Chateau Buena Vista has a solid, balanced, medium-bodied style as well as terrific stone fruits, pineapple, and spice-driven aromatics. It's balanced and has good acidity, followed by a clean, crisp finish.

2017 Buena Vista Winery Pinot Noir Geza's Selection

Coming from a mix of Azaya, Sonoma Stage, and Gap's Crown Vineyard, all of which are in the Petaluma Gap AVA, the 2017 Pinot Noir Geza's Selection was destemmed and spent 14 months in 30% new oak. It has a classy, spice-laced bouquet that includes plenty of red and black fruits, violets, dried earth, and a touch of California bay leaf nuances. Nicely textured, medium-bodied, and elegant on the palate, it's a quintessential, classic California Pinot Noir that will evolve for 7-8 years.

  $50 1

Coming from a mix of Azaya, Sonoma Stage, and Gap's Crown Vineyard, all of which are in the Petaluma Gap AVA, the 2017 Pinot Noir Geza's Selection was destemmed and spent 14 months in 30% new oak. It has a classy, spice-laced bouquet that includes plenty of red and black fruits, violets, dried earth, and a touch of California bay leaf nuances. Nicely textured, medium-bodied, and elegant on the palate, it's a quintessential, classic California Pinot Noir that will evolve for 7-8 years.

2017 Buena Vista Winery Pinot Noir Ida's Selection

The lightest colored Pinot Noir in the lineup, the 2017 Pinot Noir Ida's Selection comes all from the Sonoma Coast (the Swicegood and Azaya Vineyard) and spent 10 months in 25% new French oak. It offers a translucent ruby hue as well as cool-climate notes of wild strawberries, rose petals, spice, and dried flowers. Ethereal, elegant, and seamless on the palate, it has a wonderful sense of purity and balance that keeps you coming back to the glass. It's not the richest wine in the lineup, yet the balance is brilliant. I'd happily drink bottles any time over the coming decade or more.

  $50 1

The lightest colored Pinot Noir in the lineup, the 2017 Pinot Noir Ida's Selection comes all from the Sonoma Coast (the Swicegood and Azaya Vineyard) and spent 10 months in 25% new French oak. It offers a translucent ruby hue as well as cool-climate notes of wild strawberries, rose petals, spice, and dried flowers. Ethereal, elegant, and seamless on the palate, it has a wonderful sense of purity and balance that keeps you coming back to the glass. It's not the richest wine in the lineup, yet the balance is brilliant. I'd happily drink bottles any time over the coming decade or more.

2017 Buena Vista Winery Pinot Noir Bela's Selection

The 2017 Pinot Noir Bela's Selection is the Russian River Valley release in the lineup, and it spent 14 months in 50% new French oak, a fair amount more than the other Pinot Noirs here. It handles it nicely, though, and offers up lots of blackberry and mulberry fruits as well as medium-bodied richness, a bright line of acidity, ripe tannins, and classic Pinot Noir spice and dried flower-like aromas and flavors. It's a balanced, elegant Russian River Pinot Noir to enjoy over the coming 7-8 years.

  $50 1

The 2017 Pinot Noir Bela's Selection is the Russian River Valley release in the lineup, and it spent 14 months in 50% new French oak, a fair amount more than the other Pinot Noirs here. It handles it nicely, though, and offers up lots of blackberry and mulberry fruits as well as medium-bodied richness, a bright line of acidity, ripe tannins, and classic Pinot Noir spice and dried flower-like aromas and flavors. It's a balanced, elegant Russian River Pinot Noir to enjoy over the coming 7-8 years.

2017 Buena Vista Winery Zinfandel Sparkling

Coming from a single site in the Alexander Valley and all Zinfandel that saw 6 grams of dosage, the medium pink-hued 2017 Zinfandel Sparkling offers a big, exuberant mouthfeel to go with tons of ripe strawberry and framboise-like fruit, subtle spice and floral aromatics, medium-bodied richness, and a juicy, clean, dry finish. Nicely balanced and certainly delicious as well as impeccably made, enjoy bottles over the coming couple of years.

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Coming from a single site in the Alexander Valley and all Zinfandel that saw 6 grams of dosage, the medium pink-hued 2017 Zinfandel Sparkling offers a big, exuberant mouthfeel to go with tons of ripe strawberry and framboise-like fruit, subtle spice and floral aromatics, medium-bodied richness, and a juicy, clean, dry finish. Nicely balanced and certainly delicious as well as impeccably made, enjoy bottles over the coming couple of years.

2017 Buena Vista Winery Chardonnay Private Reserve

Coming from three sites in Sonoma (Thornton, Martaella, and Hawk Hill) and aged 15 months in 25% new French oak, the 2017 Chardonnay Private Reserve is a rocking effort with classy sautéed stone fruits, brioche, and honeysuckle aromas and flavors as well as medium to full body, a rich, textured mouthfeel, good acidity, and a great finish. Very well done, this is a classic Chardonnay all the way. Drink this beauty any time over the coming 5-7 years.

  $55 1

Coming from three sites in Sonoma (Thornton, Martaella, and Hawk Hill) and aged 15 months in 25% new French oak, the 2017 Chardonnay Private Reserve is a rocking effort with classy sautéed stone fruits, brioche, and honeysuckle aromas and flavors as well as medium to full body, a rich, textured mouthfeel, good acidity, and a great finish. Very well done, this is a classic Chardonnay all the way. Drink this beauty any time over the coming 5-7 years.

2016 Buena Vista Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Moon Mountain

Coming from the Monte Rosso and Lesdon Terraces vineyards in the Sonoma Mountain AVA, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Moon Mountain checks in as 100% Cabernet that spent 20 months in 30% new French oak. A big, ripe Cabernet Sauvignon, it sports a deep purple hue to go with top-notch cassis and blueberry fruit as well as notes of spice box, cedar, and dried herbs. Rich and medium to full-bodied, it has a savory, structured feel on the palate and should evolve for 10-15 years. It will be best with 2-3 years of bottle age.

  $60 1

Coming from the Monte Rosso and Lesdon Terraces vineyards in the Sonoma Mountain AVA, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Moon Mountain checks in as 100% Cabernet that spent 20 months in 30% new French oak. A big, ripe Cabernet Sauvignon, it sports a deep purple hue to go with top-notch cassis and blueberry fruit as well as notes of spice box, cedar, and dried herbs. Rich and medium to full-bodied, it has a savory, structured feel on the palate and should evolve for 10-15 years. It will be best with 2-3 years of bottle age.