Buty Winery 2011 Conner Lee Vineyard Merlot-Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley, $45

By on December 24, 2013

buty-winery-merlot-cab-francFew wineries have done as much as Buty to raise the profile of this 100-acre site on Radar Hill near Othello, Wash. They made the call to harvest the Merlot (66%) on Oct. 24, while the pull of the Cabernet Franc  (33%) came three days later. The use of French oak, a third of it new barrel, pops the nose immediately with aromas of mocha and black licorice, fully supported by tones of ripe plum, raspberry and fruit punch with a pinch of black pepper and rose petal. The drink is dark and rich with Bing cherry, blackberry and black chocolate, backed by a refined approach of sandy tannins, a dash more of pepper and pie cherry acidity.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 290 cases

Alcohol: 13.9%


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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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