2008 Buena Vista "The Count" Founder's Red Sonoma
All of the charms of this Merlot, Syrah and Zinfandel blend are on the surface, but what a pretty surface it is. Polished raspberry and cherry fruit, bacon, cream and a splendid array of flashy spices characterize the flavors.
This Merlot, Syrah, Zin blend is a tribute to Buena Vista Winery's founder, Count Agoston Haraszthy. A Hungarian noble, Haraszthy moved to the US, journeyed across the west by wagon train in search of gold, finally settling in San Diego, where he was elected the county's first Sherriff in 1850. He established Buena Vista in 1857, dug Sonoma's first wine caves and was, in all, a visionary in California wine.