2014 Buena Vista The Count Red

2014 Buena Vista The Count Red

Founder's Blend, Sonoma

Gold Medalist & 90pts -LA Intl Wine Competition

$12.99
Retail Price
$20.00
Savings
35%



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VARIETAL: Red Blend

ALCOHOL: 14.50%

SIZE: 750ml

Ratings:

Gold Medal Winner & 90 Points - Los Angeles Int'l Wine Competition (6/17)
92 Insider Points

Reviews:

The Count is as Rich as They Say

In flavor that is. I'm sure the actual Count of historic Sonoma County was plenty wealthy and one hell of a guy. That much I get from Buena Vista's Founder's Blend. You don't just go throwing out names like that without some kind of quality to back it up. Believe me, they do. 

Opulent chocolate and plum aromas fill the nose. On the palate, deep tones of black currant, black cherry, raw cacao and cinnamon spice fill out a full body with oaky tannin and hints of coffee. It finishes long with lingering dark fruits. A great jump in Sonoma County. If you're ever in the area, it's a winery well worth visiting. 

92 Points - JZ March '18

Why We're Drinking It:
  • Of course they wouldn’t produce that many cases of the bottle that basically signifies--from the palate as well as the historical standpoint--the best in California winemaking, so we were thrilled we got our hands on some.
  • Jean-Charles Boisset is one of our closest friends, and we thought it was pretty amazing that today he’s doing what this wine’s namesake--the Count of Buena Vista--was doing about a hundred and fifty years ago: pioneering premium winemaking, in California, by beautifying European viticultural heritage with modern techniques.
  • JCB discovered Stephanie Putnam a few years ago and brought her on as lead winemaker.  She oversees every annual iteration of The Count (including the standout 2014), bringing her scientific acumen to this legacy. And she’s racked up some critical acclaim from Spectator and Enthusiast throughout her tenure so far.
  • The wine itself is from Buena Vista winery, which boasts probably the best vineyard, in the best appellation, in Sonoma: Ramal, the undisputed King of Carneros. JCB is good at singling out terroir like this; he brought DeLoach into his world-famous Boisset Collection in 2003 after figuring out that the combination of river, mountain, and soil you find out on the Russian River was similar to Burgundy, where he grew up; and then in 2009 he brought Raymond in and retrofitted it into Napa’s premier producer of luxury wine. You’ve definitely sampled our offerings from both wineries.
Tasting Notes:

The 2014 vintage of The Count - Founder's Red Wine offers aromas of rich, dark chocolate and soft baking spices. Upon the palate, dark berry flavors, plum skin and mocha mingle with hints of cinnamon and vanilla. Nicely structured and well-balanced, this wine has a long, dense finish that lingers long after the first sip. This immediately enjoyable wine will continue to evolve in the bottle over the next two to three years.

Appearance:Plum-like red.
Aroma: rich, dark choclate and soft baking spices.
Palate: Dark berry flavors, plum skin and mocha mingle wit hints of cinnamon and vanilla.

The Story to Know:

Before there were vineyards in every valley north of San Francisco, before Napa and Sonoma were household names, before there was a California wine industry at all, there was Buena Vista. Founded in 1857, Buena Vista Carneros is California’s oldest premium winery, and its history is as colorful as it is proud. Just outside the town of Sonoma, the original winery is now a California Historic Landmark, and home to the Tasting Room & Visitor’s Center.

One of California's firsts is now one of California's finest wineries. Set along the south-facing hillside overlooking San Pablo Bay, Buena Vista Carneros's breathtaking property is one of the most significant in Carneros. Straddling the southern-most tips of Sonoma and Napa Counties, wind and fog sweep in daily from the bay to cool the vines and extend the growing season. Nearly 500 acres in this most spectacularly situated region of Carneros, Buena Vista Carneros' Ramal Vineyard boasts a remarkable number and range of sites with more than 100 seperate vineyard blocks based on topography, geology and microclimates.

Perfect Pairings:

Fantastic with barbecued beef or country-style pork ribs!

  • Of course they wouldn’t produce that many cases of the bottle that basically signifies--from the palate as well as the historical standpoint--the best in California winemaking, so we were thrilled we got our hands on some.
  • Jean-Charles Boisset is one of our closest friends, and we thought it was pretty amazing that today he’s doing what this wine’s namesake--the Count of Buena Vista--was doing about a hundred and fifty years ago: pioneering premium winemaking, in California, by beautifying European viticultural heritage with modern techniques.
  • JCB discovered Stephanie Putnam a few years ago and brought her on as lead winemaker.  She oversees every annual iteration of The Count (including the standout 2014), bringing her scientific acumen to this legacy. And she’s racked up some critical acclaim from Spectator and Enthusiast throughout her tenure so far.
  • The wine itself is from Buena Vista winery, which boasts probably the best vineyard, in the best appellation, in Sonoma: Ramal, the undisputed King of Carneros. JCB is good at singling out terroir like this; he brought DeLoach into his world-famous Boisset Collection in 2003 after figuring out that the combination of river, mountain, and soil you find out on the Russian River was similar to Burgundy, where he grew up; and then in 2009 he brought Raymond in and retrofitted it into Napa’s premier producer of luxury wine. You’ve definitely sampled our offerings from both wineries.

The Count is as Rich as They Say

In flavor that is. I'm sure the actual Count of historic Sonoma County was plenty wealthy and one hell of a guy. That much I get from Buena Vista's Founder's Blend. You don't just go throwing out names like that without some kind of quality to back it up. Believe me, they do. 

Opulent chocolate and plum aromas fill the nose. On the palate, deep tones of black currant, black cherry, raw cacao and cinnamon spice fill out a full body with oaky tannin and hints of coffee. It finishes long with lingering dark fruits. A great jump in Sonoma County. If you're ever in the area, it's a winery well worth visiting. 

92 Points - JZ March '18

Gold Medal Winner & 90 Points - Los Angeles Int'l Wine Competition (6/17)
92 Insider Points

The 2014 vintage of The Count - Founder's Red Wine offers aromas of rich, dark chocolate and soft baking spices. Upon the palate, dark berry flavors, plum skin and mocha mingle with hints of cinnamon and vanilla. Nicely structured and well-balanced, this wine has a long, dense finish that lingers long after the first sip. This immediately enjoyable wine will continue to evolve in the bottle over the next two to three years.

Appearance:Plum-like red.
Aroma: rich, dark choclate and soft baking spices.
Palate: Dark berry flavors, plum skin and mocha mingle wit hints of cinnamon and vanilla.

Before there were vineyards in every valley north of San Francisco, before Napa and Sonoma were household names, before there was a California wine industry at all, there was Buena Vista. Founded in 1857, Buena Vista Carneros is California’s oldest premium winery, and its history is as colorful as it is proud. Just outside the town of Sonoma, the original winery is now a California Historic Landmark, and home to the Tasting Room & Visitor’s Center.

One of California's firsts is now one of California's finest wineries. Set along the south-facing hillside overlooking San Pablo Bay, Buena Vista Carneros's breathtaking property is one of the most significant in Carneros. Straddling the southern-most tips of Sonoma and Napa Counties, wind and fog sweep in daily from the bay to cool the vines and extend the growing season. Nearly 500 acres in this most spectacularly situated region of Carneros, Buena Vista Carneros' Ramal Vineyard boasts a remarkable number and range of sites with more than 100 seperate vineyard blocks based on topography, geology and microclimates.

Fantastic with barbecued beef or country-style pork ribs!