2011 Buena Vista Sonoma Sauvignon Blanc, CA $4.99

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?

IMG_1761Buena 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.


5 thoughts on “2011 Buena Vista Sonoma Sauvignon Blanc, CA $4.99

  1. seedboy

    Boissett was also the source of those Burgundies that appeared at the GO in the last year. Boissett is married to Gina Gallo.

    1. lim13 Post author

      Wow! The old adage “small world” comes to mind. I met Gina some time ago when she was guest of honor at a Society of Wine Educators conference. But I don’t think she was married yet at the time. More good info. Thanks, Seedboy. I don’t believe any of those Burgundies made it up our way, but I do recall the discussions on this blog.

  2. Don Bevins

    Buena Vista wines have occasionally popped up at GO over the past few years. They have quickly sold out. Their sauvignon blancs were made from Lake County grapes for many years and were quite good. The Boissett portfolio also includes Deloach in Sonoma and Raymond in Napa which could explain the where produced question. Buena Vista made wines at a facility on Ramal Road in Carneros for years but that has been sold off. The historic facility in Sonoma has undergone extensive renovation but is still used for educational and entertainment purposes. Hopefully some of these will be showing up in the Sacramento/Roseville stores.

    1. lim13 Post author

      Great information, Don. Thanks for hopping right on my questions. I feel much better informed now. I knew only of the beautiful old original Haraszthy stone facility in Sonoma that I visited in the 80’s and was totally unaware that they ever operated out of Carneros. I do recall those delicious, grassy Lake County Sauv Blancs.

      1. jwc

        Thought I’d chime in also, in regards to Buena Vista. I recall tasting at David Bruce Winery in the early 80’s, and the tasting staff mentioned Buena Vista as being their favorite winery, out side of David Bruce naturally 🙂 Jill Davis was the winemaker at the time, which I believe for a woman to be a head winemaker, in those days, a bit unusual… Pretty progressive company, and Ms Davis made wonderful wines. I really liked her merlots and cab savs. Also,do remember some ’97 Reserve Carneros Buena Vista pinots noirs that showed up, here in Portland in the early 2000’s that were quite good too. Hope to see the SB here soon. Thanks for the review & comments!


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