Alexander Valley


Our powerful boldest premium reds, dark, age-worthy wines of substance. Regardless of their grape, these heavyweights are barrel-aged and quite concentrated in flavor.

FOOD PAIRING: These big reds perform best with rich, high-protein foods such as AGED CHEESES & RED MEATS and work brilliantly with RICHER, BOLDER SAUCES too.

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The Buena Vista Vinicultural Society was formed in 1863 by the winery’s founder, Count Agoston Haraszthy, to further improve its winemaking prowess and expand its vineyards. The Vinicultural Society has been restored as a collection of unique small-production wines that honor the winery’s pioneering spirit and contribution to California winemaking. The collection of wines explores clonal selections, varietals and the incredible terroir of Northern California. The Vinicultural Society explores clonal selections, varietals and the incredible terroir of Sonoma County. In keeping with the adventurous spirit of Buena Vista’s founding, we are proud to bring you this 2018 Merlot from the Alexander Valley.

Tasting Notes

The 2018 Alexander Valley Merlot jumps from the glass with lively aromas of blackberries, black plum, and cherry.


On the palate this wine is complex with layers of strawberry jam, vanilla, and caramel. This fruit forward wine is luscious and elegant in the mouth with a silky and lingering finish.

Vintage Notes: 

The 2018 growing season started off with cooler temperatures which was followed by a moderate summer with fewer heat spikes than normal. Fruit set was consistent and with the milder weather, harvest began a few weeks later compared to the last few years. This longer and near-perfect growing season has resulted in structured and concentrated wines.

Tech Notes
  • Appellation: Alexander Valley
  • Varietal: Merlot
  • Alcohol: 14.5% by volume
  • pH: 3.64
  • Titratable Acidity: 6.1g/L
  • Aged in Oak: 100%
    • 5% New oak
    • Origin of oak: French 
  • Months in Barrel: 11
Pairs Well With
Meats & Fish:
Roast Game & Chicken dark meat dishes
Cheese & Nuts:
Medium cheeses. Goat cheese