Silverdale, WA 13.5% alc. (Purchased on 9/20/14)
This white comes packaged in a heavy, deep punted screwtop bottle. The label has changed since I last bought a bottle of Buena Vista. And this one says “Buena Vista Vinicultural Society” and has an old sort of historical look. The back label says that it’s a wine from the Boisset Family Estates Collection and that it’s produced and bottled by Buena Vista Winery in Saint Helena (Napa). I visited the website and it defines their “collections” of wines. I’m still somewhat confused about how Buena Vista operates. It appears that the original winery in Sonoma (California’s first premium winery”) is more of a gimmicky, historical show place and the wines are actually produced in Napa. I visited the Sonoma site many, many years ago. Perhaps some of our CA readers can clarify some of this for me?
Buena Vista almost always produced a very tasty and inexpensive Sauvignon Blanc from one year to the next. They haven’t lost their touch. The wine is brilliant pale straw with lots of tiny bubbles that cling to the sides of the glass. However, I could detect no spritz in the mouth. Aromas of freshly mown hay and grass with lemony citrus. In the mouth there’s pleasant tart acidity and fairly rich extracted mouthfeel with flavors of lemon, more grassy, herbal qualities and very subtle underripe pear fruit in a bone dry style. Another very serviceable Sauvignon Blanc from GO at a fine price. The website shows a similar label, but it’s a North Coast AVA rather than the Sonoma AVA on my label. Hmmmm. It was selling online in 2012 for around $15-$16, which seems high to me.