Buena Vista The Count, Boisset Family Estates Collection 2009

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Sonoma County
Red Blend

This special Sonoma discovery comes from an equally special estate: Buena Vista, California’s oldest premium winery, is thriving today as part of the acclaimed Boisset Family Estates (they were recently named the California Travel Association’s 2013 “Winery of the Year”).

It's a rich, mouthfilling beauty that pays homage to the estate’s original founder, the dynamic “Count of Buena Vista,” Agoston Haraszthy de Mokesa. He arrived in Sonoma from Hungary just after the Gold Rush seeking the perfect place to make wine – and found the region’s soil, climate and exposure to sunlight perfect for making what he referred to as his “purple gold.”

Winner of the silver medal at the 2013 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, “The Count” is a guaranteed crowd pleaser. The exact blend? Well, that’s a closely guarded house secret (they wouldn’t budge an inch when pressed by our wine team for the details). But, judging from its silky texture, red-fruit-driven palate and dose of exotic spice flavor, we’d guess it’s got a good slug of premium Zinfandel – and maybe a dash of Syrah. Taste for yourself and tell us what you think.

Whatever the blend, the rich aromas and flavors of currants, red cherries, plums and warming cardamom make it a perfect choice for a big helping of Hungarian goulash (rumored to be one of the Count’s favorite dishes).