Bela's Selection

Pinot Noir

The Buena Vista Vinicultural Society, formed in 1863 by the winery’s founder, Count Agoston Haraszthy to further improve its winemaking prowess and expand its vineyards, has been restored as a collection of unique small-production wines that honor the winery’s pioneering spirit and contribution to California winemaking. The Vinicultural Society explores clonal selections, varietals and the incredible terroir of Northern California.  Named for Count Haraszthy’s youngest son, Bela’s Selection Pinot Noir hails primarily from two vineyards, Starkey and Goodin, in the Sebastopol Hills area of the Russian River Valley. Starkey Vineyard is planted to 30+ year-old vines and includes clones 23, 828 and Pommard. Goodin Vineyard is located in the southeastern hills of the Russian River Valley which is ideal for growing Pinot Noir grapes. 

Tasting Notes

Our 2016 Bela’s Selection Pinot Noir opens with soft dark fruit aromas of black cherry, blackberry, black cardamom spice and a touch of earthy notes and shitake mushroom. 


Richly layered flavors of fresh ripe fruits spread across the palate and are complemented by balanced acidity. A nicely structured wine with silky, round tannins, this Pinot Noir has a long and smooth lingering finish.

Vintage Notes: 

Once harvested, the whole berries were basket pressed and fermented with native yeast in small open-top oak vats with hand punchdowns. The wine was aged for 12 months in 100% French oak barrels, 35% new oak, and bottled unfiltered.

Tech Notes
  • Alcohol: 14.5%
  • pH: 3.55
  • Total Acidity: 6.1
  • Aging:
    • 12 months
    • 100% French oak
    • 35% New Oak
Pairs Well With
Meats & Fish:
Chicken Bearnaise w/Mushroom
Cheese & Nuts:
Medium cheeses
Mushroom Tomato Sauce