2010 Buty 58% Merlot and 42% Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley, Washington

Translucent dark ruby color. The nose begins with low notes of tobacco and a savory meatiness, followed by high notes of menthol and green pepper, and finishes with a sweet roundness of fleshy dark fruit and notes of cream and chocolate. Quite smooth in the mouth, showing a creamy texture backed by spiced dark fruit that follows through to the finish. This red strikes a nice balance between fruit-laden New World Bordeaux blends and their more complex and age-worthy counterparts in France.
MSRP: $45 (June 2013)
Wine Lines rating: 90

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