2016
The Sheriff

Red Blend
Description

The story of our founder is as long as it is colorful. One of California’s first sheriffs, Agoston Haraszthy was elected the Sheriff of San Diego County in 1850. He built the first jail and served two exciting years before moving north to pursue “purple gold” and the perfect terroir for fine wines. He found it in Sonoma County where he established Buena Vista Winery in 1857. It is his legacy that inspired this wine and the work of sheriffs everywhere that we honor with its release. 

SCORE: GOLD, 92 POINTS | APRIL 16, 2018 | PRESS DEMOCRAT NORTH COAST WINE CHALLENGE

Tasting Notes
Aroma: 

This robust wine opens with arresting aromas of black plum and cassis mingled with notes of brambleberry and star anise.

Palate: 

Rich flavors of raspberry and blackberry are complemented with notes of dark chocolate and a touch of soft baking spice. Well-balanced acidity and polished tannins lead to a superbly long finish. 

Winemaking
Vintage Notes: 

The Sheriff of Buena Vista proudly calls Sonoma County its home. The varietals that compose the 2016 vintage are harvested from vineyards throughout the county, including the Sonoma Valley, Russian River Valley, Moon Mountain, Sonoma Mountain, Fountaingrove, Chalk Hill, Alexander Valley and Rockpile. The individual varietals were aged separately for 10 months in a variety of new and neutral oak barrels before being blended prior to bottling.

Tech Notes
  • Appellation: Sonoma County
  • Alcohol: 15.5%
  • pH: 3.59
  • Total Acidity: 5.77 g/L
  • Varietals:
    • Petite Sirah: 34%
    • Petite Verdot: 5%
    • Syrah: 11%
    • Cabernet Sauvignon: 33%
    • Grenache: 14%
    • Mission: 2%
    • Cabernet Franc: 1%
  • Aging:
    • 10 months in French, American & Hungarian Oak
    • 15% New Oak
Pairs Well With
Meats & Fish:
Grilled Spiced Lamb Chops, Hearty Beef Stew w/Garden Vegetables, Hungarian Goulash
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