Posts Tagged Columbia Valley

2011 Buty Conner Lee Vineyard Merlot & Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley, Washington

If you’re looking for a prototypical, easy-drinking Merlot, this bottling is not for you. But if you’re simply seeking a sublime red wine, this vineyard-designated release will satisfy from the first sniff (high-toned tobacco, black olive, dark... Read more

2009 Buty ‘Columbia Rediviva,’ Phinny Hill Vineyard, Horse Heaven Hills, Columbia Valley, Washington

Lightly glass-staining opaque purple/black color. In the Columbia Valley of Washington state, each new vintage creates fresh discussion over whether Syrah or Cabernet Sauvignon is the top varietal for the appellation. Buty was the first winery in... Read more

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... Read more

2010 Beast ‘Wildebeest,’ Columbia Valley, Washington

Nearly opaque black/purple color. The reluctant nose, with aeration, unfolds to reveal black pepper, mint/menthol, tobacco leaf, blueberries, cream, game meat and other dark fruits. As might be expected — since the wine’s namesake is known to... Read more

2011 Buty Chardonnay, Conner Lee Vineyard, Columbia Valley, Washington

Medium straw color with hints of green. Crisp, cool-climate aromatics of green apple, lemon and flowers are complemented by mild toast and lees notes. Imagine a fine Champagne as a still table wine. The fruit sweetens up in the mouth. Coupled with a... Read more

2011 Buty 60% Semillon, 19% Sauvignon & 21% Muscadelle, Columbia Valley, Washington

This is Buty Winery’s rendition of a classic white Bordeaux. Medium straw in color, with bronze tones. The wonderfully aromatic nose offers up honeysuckle, white flowers, star fruit, lemon oil, figs and limestone. The wine shows a lush and juicy... Read more

2005 Merry Cellars Merlot, Stillwater Creek Vineyard, Columbia Valley

Decanted for 30 minutes, allowing this under-priced wine list gem to show off its underlying, well-matured fruit and tobacco notes. The nose is piquant and spicy; there's a hint of roasted red pepper, cigar box, cumin and cowhide. In the mouth, it's... Read more

2010 Buty 61% Semillon, 21% Sauvignon & 18% Muscadelle, Columbia Valley, Washington

We really like this wine — other than its name, which takes a Howard Cosell (may he R.I.P.) approach: simply telling it like it is. A Great Northwest take on a traditional Bordeaux blend, the wine is dark straw in color, with a heady aroma of... Read more

2010 Buty Chardonnay, Conner Lee Vineyard, Columbia Valley, Washington

You won't find many Chardonnays in the New World that are this crisp — even from the cooler growing regions. But this one, clear straw in hue, is exceptional. The nose offers up crisp aromatics of lime and orange, sharp stone fruit, and a... Read more

2010 Eroica Riesling, Columbia Valley, Washington

This joint effort between the winemaking teams of Chateau Ste. Michelle and Germany’s Dr. Loosen has been a winner for the past dozen vintages. This one is light straw in color. The nose has a distinctly German profile — a touch of pine needle... Read more