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Buty Wildebeest Red Blend 2011

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Buty Wildebeest Red Blend 2012

BEAST is the alter ego of Buty. The mercurial nature of our BEAST wines allows us the freedom to explore new varietals, new vineyards and new blends beyond the classic Buty portfolio. Made with a clear vision and voice, these wines have developed their own faithful following. Our Wildebeest is available nationally in fine restaurants and wine shops.

Buty Columbia Rediviva Phinny Hill 2012

Buty Columbia Rediviva Phinny Hill is made from 84% cabernet sauvignon & 16% syrah

Alluring cherry and cream aromas hint at this wine’s lush, juicy mouthfeel, where lovely cabernet sauvignon layers of black cherry, cassis and spice are underscored by the density and richness of great Phinny Hill Vineyard syrah.

While our Columbia Rediviva is defined by the uniqueness of its blend, it is also a wine with a deep-rooted sense of place. Our 9-acre block of Phinny Hill Vineyard is located on the western side of Horse Heaven Hills at the top of a sun-drenched hill overlooking the famed Champoux Vineyard. This prized location has produced a wine with alluring cherry and cream aromas that hint at a lush, juicy mouthfeel, where lovely cabernet sauvignon layers of black cherry, cassis and spice are underscored by the density and richness of syrah.

 


Review:

Supple, open-textured and appealing, with rich plum and black cherry fruit riding easily over polished tannins, with hints of coffee and spice on the long and expressive finish. Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Drink now through 2020. 415 cases made. - Wine Spectator 92 Points

Made from 84% Cabernet Sauvignon and 16% Syrah, this up-front wine offers aromas of herbs, dried cherry and woodspice. The dark fruit flavors are rich, layered and focused, with the tannins tightly wound, seeming to need more time in the cellar to come into their own. - Wine Enthusiast 92 Points

Bright dark red. Aromatically pure, nuanced nose combines purple fruits, flowers, cocoa powder and a meaty nuance. Suave, seamless and intense, offering lovely ripeness as well as superb energy to the high-pitched flavors of red fruits, spices and flowers. Finishes tactile and chocolatey, with refined tannins and excellent length. Boasts lovely balance for a graceful evolution in bottle.

-- Stephen Tanzer 92 Points

 

 Vinous Antonio Galloni: 92 Wine Enthusiast: 92 Wine Spectator: 92
Buty Rediviva of the Stones 2012

Both savory and sweet, this blend of syrah, cabernet sauvignon and mourvèdre displays lovely depth and density, with vivid floral, black raspberry, beach smoke and baking spice notes. In both the nose and on the palate, the syrah brings lush red fruit, with deep raspberry and black cherry layers. The cabernet adds high-toned floral elements and substantial mid-palate weight, as well as blackberry, currant and olive flavors, with the mourvèdre contributing to the wine’s tannic structure and spice elements of cinnamon, nutmeg and white pepper.

Product Description

Buty Wildebeest Red Blend 2011 is made from  77% Syrah,  14% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc

BEAST is the alter ego of Buty. The mercurial nature of our BEAST wines allows us the freedom to explore new varietals, new vineyards and new blends beyond the classic Buty portfolio. Made with a clear vision and voice, these wines have developed their own faithful following. Our Wildebeest is available nationally in fine restaurants and wine shops.

Lair of the BEAST: A denizen of the Columbia Valley, the 2011 Wildebeest roams far and wide. This vintage was predominantly raised in the Horse Heaven Hills on the slopes of Phinny Hill Vineyard and nearby Champoux Vineyard. It was also reared at River Rock Vineyard and our own Rockgarden Estate in the Walla Walla Valley.

Season of the BEAST: Though the 2011 growing season started with a cool, damp spring, this presented no significant issues in the vineyards, other than to delay budbreak and flowering. A cool summer with no heat events afforded abundant hangtime, and allowed the grapes to ripen slowly and evenly, while retaining excellent acidity. In 2010, these factors combined to create BEASTs of noble stature and noteworthy complexity.

Winemaking: Our 2011 Wildebeest was blended from 77% Syrah, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Cabernet Franc, with each lot fermented and aged separately in the finest French oak for 20 months. In order to allow the Wildebeest to display its native fruit and spice character, the barrels were generally older (from two to five years). However, approximately 25% was aged in larger-format puncheons, with one puncheon being new. Overall, the new oak is 7%. The alcohol content is 14%.

Notes Upon Encountering the Wildebeest: Our 2011 Wildebeest displays purity and power, with firm tannins, enticing aromatics and a creamy texture. Even though they are not the majority of the blend, the Bordeaux varieties shine through, with the Cabernet Sauvignon providing beautiful structure, acidity and a dark berry core, and the Cabernet Franc contributing ethereal blue fruit notes and hints of exotic spice and mint. Throughout, the Syrah adds lush layers of black cherry, raspberry and licorice, making this a rich and compelling BEAST.

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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Luis Canas Reserva Seleccion de la Familia Rioja 2012

Luis Canas Reserva Seleccion de la Familia Rioja is made from 85% Tempranillo and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon

Aged for 20 months in new oak barrels - 50% French 50% American.

45 years old vines
Alcohol: 14,5º
Total acidity: 5,73 g./l.
Volatile acidity: 0,73 g./l.
PH: 3,53
Free SO2: 28 mg./l.
Reducing sugars: 1,3 g./l.

The “family reserve” from one of Rioja Alavesa’s most enduring family-run wineries. Wines destined to be the Reserva de la Familia label are made from a selection of grapes from old vines, those which combine a series of characteristics such as good orientation and exposure to the sun, and a poor soil which ensures low yields.

This wine is one of very few Rioja wines to blend Cabernet Sauvignon with Tempranillo. Bodegas Luis Cañas was granted permission by the D.O.Ca. to plant this variety as an experiment in the early 1980s.

Tasting notes
A brillant garnet color with cherry hints on the edges.
The nose offers a complex variety of aromas that combine to bring an intense and sophisticated wine. Initially we can find very ripe berry fruits, smoky notes, raisins and liquor. After a certain amount of aeration, the cinnamon and jam notes appear and, with a little more time, the roasted and spiced aromas are noticed more clearly.

The palate is full, with a good presence of tannins, although these are offset by the glycerine like character, resulting in a fleshy sensation. Long lasting and lingering finish.

Winemaking and aging:
The grapes were cold macerated for 72 hours upon arrival at the winery. They underwent fermentation at 26º C in sealed cement tanks under constant thermal control, with the must pumped over daily. With the paste devatted by gravity, spontaneous malolactic fermentation took place after 45 days.
The wine was aged for 20 months in 50% medium toasted American and 50% French oak barrels. The barrel ageing not only adds tannins from the wood, but stabilizes the wine naturally. After the final racking, it was clarified in tanks with a small amount of natural egg white, decanted after 30 days and bottled directly without any type of filtration. Because this wine’s evolutionary cycle is quite slow, only corks of the highest quality available were used to ensure that it could be prolonged for several years. 


Reviews:

"The 2012 Reserva Selección de la Familia is Tempranillo with 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, which makes it different from the majority of reds from Rioja. It matured 50/50 in French and American oak barrels for 20 months. It's slightly more international than the rest of the bottlings, the Cabernet adding some weight. There are notes of toasted sesame seeds and a touch from the French oak. It's clearly different, so it's a matter of preference which one you like best. 125,250 bottles produced. - Luis Gutierrez"
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #235, February 2018), 91 pts

 Wine Advocate: 91