In a nutshell: Classic, rich and luxurious Napa Valley Californian Cabernet Sauvignon.
The lowdown: From one of the oldest Californian estates that can trace its roots back to the 1860s, Buena Vista is one of the revered names in the state. Using fruit from across the Napa Valley which is aged for 18 months in French oak (35% new) the wine has a complex array of black cherries, violets and a hint of maple aromas before the sumptuous blackcurrant, red plum and cocoa flavours envelop the palate.
When to drink: Full bodied, powerful and well structured, the silky, fine grained tannins lead up impressively to the intense and long finish.
Having left Hungary for the New World, the self-proclaimed 'Count of Buena Vista' Agoston Haraszthy founded Buena Vista in 1857 to pioneer the production of high quality wines in California. Here he introduced ground-breaking viticultural practices such as dry-farming and hillside planting as well as constructing Californias first gravity fed winery.
On his death in 1878 the estate was sold off and wine production went through a hiatus until the property was purchased by the Bartholomew family in 1943. Working with the famous winemaker and viticultural pioneer André Tchelistcheff, the winery once again became a force in California during the state's post-prohibition resurgence. Following several changes in ownership, the historic winery was purchased in 2011 by the Boisset family from Burgundy. Under Jean-Charles Boisset the winery in Sonoma has undergone extensive renovation and the Count's original vision is being pursued with renewed vigou.