Meet The Assayer: a luscious red blend from California’s oldest premium winery, Buena Vista. They’re famed for “very good wines selling for $25 and less” (Wine Spectator), with a key reason for success in the cellar: David Ramey, the major talent who helped elevate Napa’s $170-plus-a-bottle Dominus to international icon status.
The big names – and Buena Vista history – don’t stop there. Known as “The Count of Buena Vista,” estate founder Agoston Haraszthy served as the Chief Assayer (one who analyzes precious metals) of the San Francisco Mint during the Gold Rush – and was later named “The Father of California Wine” by the U.S. Congress on the 100th anniversary of his death. As a fitting nod to Agoston’s influence and expertise, David traversed some of Sonoma’s most precious vineyard sites to craft this tribute red – including those planted with vines up to 90 years old. The gold-medal-winning results (San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition) further demonstrate David's skill.
In the glass, you’re in for a rich concoction of Merlot, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Syrah, Petit Verdot, Carignane, Cinsault and rare Valdiguié – all hand picked and barrel aged to toasty perfection. With layers of black cherry, cinnamon and cocoa, The Assayer reveals all of the vibrant ripeness you can expect from the current, glorious golden age in California wine (blockbuster vintages in 2012, 2013 and 2014, so far). Sip with tender roast meats and hearty sauces to make the most of the wine’s super-ripe character and supple texture.
Quality’s never been higher at Buena Vista, with rave reviews from the likes of The Wine Advocate and Wine Spectator to prove the point. Hurry for your taste of this exclusive.