The Buena Vista Vinicultural Society, formed in 1863 by the winery's founder, Count Agoston Haraszthy, to further improve its winemaking prowess and expand its vineyards, has been restored as a collection of unique, small-production wines that honor the winery's pioneering spirit and contribution to California winemaking.
The color in the glass reflects the dark skins of this late ripening Rhone varietal, with dominating purple and black tones. On the nose, dark fruit aromatics blossom out of the glass accented by cranberry, pomegranate, white cherry, black licorice and bergamot tea that gives the wine a delicious herbal edge. On the palate, the dark juicy fruits match beautifully with the soft, spreading palate, with just a touch of velvety tannin and lingering acidity to give it dimension on its way to a finish that is enhanced with hints of baker’s cocoa and dried fruits.
The grapes were harvested from a vineyard located along Old Winery Road, on a parcel that once made up the Count’s original vineyards. The wine was in the historic winery and aged it in the caves of Buena Vista for 7 months.