Some very stormy weather prevented us from enjoying a summer wine on the deck so we decided to crack open Legendary Badge from Buena Vista Winery.
The Buena Vista Winery was established in Sonoma County in 1857 by one of California’s first elected sheriffs. The website describes the colorful life of the founder and how his legacy inspires their wine. Legendary Badge is a red blend of six varietals. Petite Sirah, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon are the dominant varietals with smaller amounts of Mourvedre, Grenache and Merlot rounding out its character.
The pour is a gorgeous, deeply saturated ruby hue with sparkling edges. The nose is blueberry, boysenberry and a pinch of pepper. On the palate, this wine has a superb, medium-bodied mouth feel. Dark berries converge with bits of spice and blossoms. A medium to long finish is full of soft tannins and oak. Our overall impression is that this wine is well-balanced and well-blended. Legendary Badge is definitely one to try again, but is a bit of a splurge at about $25.