Few 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.
Production: 290 cases