Buena Vista Carneros Winery

+1 800.678.8504 27000 Ramal Rd
Sonoma, CA 95476
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Despite several setbacks, Buena Vista Carneros Winery has proven that it is capable of producing great wines no matter what the world has to throw at it. Founded in 1857 by Count Agoston Haraszthy, Buena Vista is California’s oldest premium winery. Unlike many wineries, smooth sailing was not in the cards for Buena Vista. During a trip to Nicaragua, Agoston Haraszthy died, supposedly while crossing a crocodile-infested river. Still, the winery pressed forward, carving a name for itself in California. Unfortunately, tragedy struck again, when a massive earthquake in 1906 destroyed their underground cellars. It wasn’t until 1940 that the winery recovered, thanks to Frank Bartholomew, as well as the winemaking skills of Andre Tchelistcheff.

Today, Buena Vista Carneros Winery is clearly a success, since its original location just outside of the town of Sonoma is considered a California Historic Landmark. Since starting to grow wine grapes in Carneros in 1969, they have accumulated Read more »

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  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

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  • Buena Vista Carneros Winery Chardonnay 2007

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    Just a bit pass its prime but not complex and interesting enough to enjoy. Two years prior may have been nice. Read More

    Wine review by 453542Mr Dolce 453542 Mr Dolce


  • Buena Vista Red Blend Carneros the Count Buena Vista Vineyards 2008

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    Wine review by Lexa978


  • Buena Vista Pinot Noir Carneros Estate Vineyard Series Ramal Vineyard Swan Selection 2007

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  • Buena Vista Carneros Winery Chardonnay 2008

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    Inviting nose of banana cream, vanilla and Anjou pear tart. Slight salted caramel aroma. Honeyed fruit and luscious creaminess. On the palate, it enters with a surprising crispness given the creamy nose. Tropical fruits with mango, guava and golden apple and pear. Creamy vanilla appears on the mid palate with the slightest hint of toast/woo... Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • Buena Vista Chardonnay Carneros 2009

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    Drinking window: Drink between 2011 and 2012 (based on 1 user opinion)Community Tasting HistoryCommunity Tasting Notes (average 88.5 pts. and median of 88 pts. in 4 notes) - hiding notes with no text Tasted by VinhoDaSilva on 9/17/2012 & rated 89 points: Very good Chardonnay. Hints of oak and not too buttery. Wonderful nose. (197 views) Tasted b... Read More

    Wine review by kevsipe


  • Buena Vista Chardonnay Carneros 2009

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    Very attractive clear golden yellow in the glass. Very big tropical fruit nose. There is fruit on the palate, but not as much as I feared. Some oak, but again, not overly so. The mitigating factor that I think balances the tropical fruit and the oak is a nice refreshing acid component. This wine will go very nicely with tonight's roasted ch... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • As a Californian, I have felt the loss of such old names as Almaden, Christian Brothers and Inglenook.  (OK, I guess Almaden still exists as a mocking shell of its former being.  OK, I know it never was great, but their bottles did have corks.  Maybe I am the only person who feels a sense of loss of Almaden.)  Another of the old abused names is ... Read More

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  • Buena Vista Merlot Carneros 2009

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    Wine review by ElChamucoBlanco


  • Buena Vista Pinot Noir Carneros 2007

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    Wine review by ffchick


  • Buena Vista Pinot Noir Carneros 2008

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    Deep garnet color. Cherry dominates in the nose with other bright light fruits. Mild earthy aromas and dried leaves. Fairly tannic in the mouth with some bitter flavors at the end. Tart cherry and earthy flavors. After aerating, the bitterness is gone and the acidity remains strong. Read More

    Wine review by Pyrifera


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