I recently came across this SF Chronicle article about 2008 Cabernet Sauvignons and thought it would be good inspiration for my June pick. There were some familiar names (Chappellet, Hall, Mondavi), but the Buehler caught my eye for it’s price and review. I haven’t tried Buehler and don’t know much about them. The SF Chronicle review was for the 2008 vintage, but the folks at K&L Wine said the 2007 was better anyways. One day we’ll learn about vintage comparisons.
Looking at the Buehler website, they’ve been around for about 30 years in St. Helena making Cabernet, Zinfandel, and Chardonnay. They do tastings, but only by appointment. Since they’re tucked in way up hills of east St. Helena off the beaten path, a reservation is even more of a must.
Time to put the SF Chronicle to the test. The Buehler opens up pretty sharp, so I tried to give it a lot of air and time to settle. Even after a few hours, my glass still had an edge to it. While this edge was unexpected, it wasn’t tannic at all, keeping the flavors in balance. I picked up some spice and what seemed to be some Aunt Jemima Maple Syrup. Linda’s experience was the fruity, ripe, oak creaminess that K&L references from Wine Spectator.
Overall, we liked the Buehler but are a little surprised that it was considered so highly by the Chronicle. I think I’d spend my next $20 trying a new wine.