Raison d'Etre


With its roots so deeply ensconced in the foundations of Sonoma where it was established in 1857, Buena Vista Winery is again introducing wines from Sonoma. The Sonoma wines include a diverse array of varietals that celebrate the diversity of Sonoma’s terroir and the contribution of Buena Vista to establishing the California wine world. Originally crafted for our friends at Legal Sea Foods, this $50 special cuvée is a soft, plush barrel-aged red designed to pair brilliantly with seafood and lighter fare.

Tasting Notes

Our 2018 Merlot has a bouquet of blueberry, currant and Bing Cherry. 


The plush palate has rich flavors of fig, dark chocolate, vanilla and a touch of licorice. This is a well-structured wine with integrated tannins and a pleasing finish.

Vintage Notes: 

2018 was a near picture-perfect growing season that began in late February followed by a mild Spring yielding uniform grape clusters. Temperatures remained moderate to cool throughout the season with 2018 being considered one of the coolest vintages of the past decade. The cooler temperatures allowed for a longer hangtime resulting in an even and temperate harvest.

Tech Notes
  • Appellation: Sonoma County
  • Vintage: 2018
  • Alcohol: 14.5%
  • pH: 3.56
  • TA: 5.7gL
  • Production: 250 cases
  • Oak Maturation: 
    • 20 months in French oak 
    • 12 month in Hungarian oak
Pairs Well With
Meats & Fish:
Grilled Salmon, Barbecue Ribs
Cheese & Nuts:
Medium cheeses
Fruits & Vegetables:
Balsamic Portobello Steaks
Basil-based Sauces