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Buty Columbia Rediviva Phinny Hill Vineyard Horse Heaven Hills 2010

ID No: 441706
Vintage:2010
Bottle Size:750 ml
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Product Description

Buty Columbia Rediviva Phinny Hill Vineyard Horse Heaven Hills 2010 is made from 85% Cabernet Sauvigon and 15% Syrah

Vintage: A cool, wet spring resulted in a late bud break, and a smaller flowering, lowering yields by approximately 25%. Summer weather was mild, dry and wonderful, with no notable heat events. While 2010 was the coolest vintage in Buty’s history, small yields and picture-perfect weather in September and October allowed for great hangtime, excellent ripeness and good preservation of acidity. Our cabernet sauvignon came in on October 12th at 24.3º Brix, with a pH of 3.34. The syrah was picked a week later at 24.5º Brix and a pH of 3.4.

Winemaking: After de-stemming, the uncrushed fruit was gravity-transferred to wooden Taransaud fermentation tanks. Both the cabernet sauvignon and syrah were individually fermented for 12 days on the skins allowing for generous extract. Only free-run wine was selected for this bottling, which was made from the finest lots of our Phinny Hill harvest. The wine was aged for 20 months, in 80% French oak and 20% American oak, with 40% of the total being new. It was bottled unfiltered.

Tasting Notes: From its amazing density of color and perfumed floral and spice aromatics to its bold structure, this is an exciting wine, and a compelling expression of Phinny Hill Vineyard. Though dominated by rich cabernet notes, the cool 2010 season has underscored the brightness and energy of our Columbia Rediviva. Enticing aromas of violet, cinnamon and nutmeg expand to reveal layers of black currant and lush Bing cherry, with the syrah adding a fresh berry cobbler note. On the palate, firm, well-balanced tannins and excellent acidity provide an almost architectural backbone, and promise a long life. The finish is lengthy and clean, with persistent fruit and flower elements. Alcohol 14.4%.

Winery: Buty Winery

The Buty Winery Estate
Pronounced "Beauty", Buty winery was founded in 2000 by owners Caleb Foster and Nina Buty, inspired by a decade of vintages from Washington and overseas. An artisan producer, Buty creates vineyard designated chardonnay, a crisp white blend and nuanced red blends—including Rediviva, Washington’s pioneering blend of syrah and cabernet sauvignon. The Rediviva of the Stones will be grown from the 2008 plantings at Rockgarden, their organic Estate vineyard in the cobblestones of Walla Walla.
Since the spring of 2001 they have worked with Californian consultant Zelma Long. Zelma’s multiple decades of worldwide winegrowing and winemaking offer a great breadth of wine and vine knowledge and a “whole business” perspective to Buty.
The philosophy of winegrowing and winemaking at Buty is one of balance, artisanship and enjoyment, as we aim to capture the essence of the grape in bottle.


The Buty Winery Vineyard
Caleb and Nina purchased 10 acres of apple orchard in Milton-Freewater in late 2006. In 2008, they organically prepared and planted Buty’s Estate, Rockgarden. The famous cobblestones section of the Walla Walla Valley appellation is located in the southeast part of the valley. In the 5% highest elevation of the cobblestones, this Grand Cru section has been the most prized farming section since the Walla Walla Valley was settled over one hundred years ago. Grand Cru is defined and set apart from its neighbors by location, history and consistently superior wines. We waited years to buy only here. Anywhere else further out in the cobblestones would have been a compromise. Developing the Estate with one wine in mind—the Rediviva of the Stones—we have densely planted clones of syrah, cabernet sauvignon, grenache, mourvèdre, marsanne and roussanne.

The Columbia Valley Appellation wines are sourced from six great estate grown vineyards. Caleb’s experience making wine from Champoux and Conner Lee Vineyards spans 16 vintages since 1992. All winegrowing stages are all maintained to Buty’s specific goals from pruning to shoot positioning, prevéraison cluster thinning, water and pest management, and the day and the time of harvest. They exclusively harvest by hand and hand berry sort on a shaker table before fermentation.

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