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 Vintage2009 Label 1 of 27 
ProducerButy (web)
VarietyRed Blend
DesignationColumbia Rediviva
VineyardPhinny Hill Vineyard
SubRegionColumbia Valley
AppellationHorse Heaven Hills

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2015 and 2020 (based on 3 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 91.4 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 15 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by schwank on 9/3/2015: This bottle took a couple of hours to open into a nice harmonious place. Bold Cab nose nicely accented with peppery Syrah dark fruit. As others have mentioned this has lots of savory notes and great depth. Should have bought a couple during our visit to Buty as I think this will hold up for several more years. (441 views)
 Tasted by quaffnov on 4/16/2015 & rated 93 points: Drank over a two hour period, the nose presents cinnamon, cloves, chocolate, dark fruit and a smattering of the characteristic blood tinge that comes from the Syrah in the blend. The palate is fantastic, filled with currant, cinnamon,caramel, blackberry and cherries. The backbone is solid with distinct, smooth tannins and fresh acidity. This is a full bodied blend with a well stated combination of Cab and Syrah and has plenty of life left in it, I will cellar more without hesitation. (789 views)
 Tasted by Pedroel on 2/3/2015 & rated 91 points: Finally! A Buty I can love, or at least, really like. Savory rather than fruity, with good depth and an outstandingly long finish. (905 views)
 Tasted by BRR on 1/5/2015 & rated 91 points: Decanted and consumed over 2 hours. Great nose right out of the gates, with very expressive rose, red cherry and plum notes. Still structured and tannic, but the dark cherry and currant notes come through nicely. Good to drink now, or continue to hold for 2-4 years. (963 views)
 Tasted by La Cave d'Argent on 10/18/2014 & rated 93 points: 2014 New York Wine Experience Trip; 10/14/2014-10/21/2014 (New York City, NY): A blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon and 24% Syrah, this opaque crimson/ruby wine has all of the elements that are necessary to stand out. It is a full-bodied offering which delivers black cherry, dark chocolate, clove, tree bark and bramble fruit aromas. The flavors mirror the nose and are supported by nice acidity and big sweet tannins. Listed as 14.5%, the alcohol is beautifully integrated. The bramble fruit nuance builds in the middle and becomes dominant on the lengthy back end. This is nothing short of impressive! Enjoy it over the next decade. Drink now-2024. (2543 views)
 Tasted by Jgallup on 9/7/2014 & rated 91 points: Excellent! Cab/syrah blend that boasts the best of both. Nose of maraschino cherries and vanilla. Palate highlights oak, minerals and dark chocolate. Long, enjoyable finish. (1072 views)
 Tasted by Ben Christiansen on 4/27/2014: Open two full days and still gorgeous. Wonderfully hedonistic and complex wine here. (1351 views)
 Tasted by Ben Christiansen on 4/25/2014: Such a striking mélange of red and black fruit, sweet oak and green notes, just tonnes and tonnes of layers on the nose. And then the palate is so supple and languid, gorgeous. And a mineral intense finish. I can't help but wonder if this was Caleb's swansong. Stunning wine. I'd pay $80 yet could see it even higher.

Still yet has some tannins on the back of the palate. I believe it can go longer. Tug of acidity too. What an amazingly crafted wine. (1192 views)
 Tasted by Ben Christiansen on 4/1/2014: Lots of spice of Cabernet, sweet and smooth oak, hedonistically delicious. And just opened too. Lots of oak I guess I should say. but it is expertly matched to the backbone of Syrah. Delicious. (1193 views)
 Tasted by nzinkgraf on 4/24/2013: A red bing, and licorice. A darker fruit aspect to the aroma as well. Med/+ acid, med fine grained tannin. (1584 views)
 Tasted by Ben Christiansen on 4/23/2013: This was the catalyst of the winery. Meaning that they were the first people in Washington to do this blend. Showing off its structure. Delicious stuff. (1401 views)

Professional 'Channels'
i-WineReview.com, Report 38: The Wines of Washington State (9/1/2013)
(Buty Columbia Rediviva Phinny Hill Vineyard Horse Heaven Hills) Subscribe to see review text.
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, November/December 2012, IWC Issue #165
(Buty Winery Columbia Rediviva Phinny Hill Vineyard Horse Heaven Hills) Subscribe to see review text.
By Jeb Dunnuck
The Rhone Report, Australia and the Pacific Northwest, Issue #8 (6/25/2011)
(Buty Columbia Rediviva Phinny Hill Vineyard) Login and sign up and see review text.   92-94 points
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Red Blend

Red Blend is used for any combination of red grapes that does not fit into CellarTracker's preset blends (Red Bordeaux Blend, etc). Actual blend composition for a given wine should be entered under the per wine or per wine vintage wiki articles.


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Washington Wine
Washington State is a premium wine producing region located in the northwest corner of the United States. Although a relatively young wine industry, it is now the nation's second largest wine producer and is ranked among the world's top wine regions. Washington wines are found nationally in all 50 states and internationally in more than 40 countries.

With 30,000+ acres planted, the state has ideal geography and conditions for growing premium vinifera wine grapes. Primarily grown on their own root stocks, the vines produce grapes of consistent quality, resulting in strong vintages year after year. While its focus is on Chardonnay, Riesling, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, the region also produces a wide range of other spectacular whites and reds.

Winemakers from all over the world have chosen to establish themselves in Washington, where they can create wines reflecting this region's unique characteristics. Their hand-crafted wines are receiving wide acclaim from critics regionally, nationally and internationally for their consistently high quality. Many of them have received scores of 90 and above from the major wine media. Overall this is a higher percentage than other leading wine regions.

As the state's fourth largest fruit crop, the Washington wine industry is an important contributor to the long-term preservation of Washington agriculture. The industry is committed to sustainable agricultural practices and conservation of water resources.
Washington State is a premium wine producing region located in the northwest corner of the United States. Although a relatively young wine industry, it is now the nation's second largest wine producer and is ranked among the world's top wine regions. Washington wines are found nationally in all 50 states and internationally in more than 40 countries.

Washington produces more than 20 wine grape varieties - a ratio of 56 percent white to 44 percent red. As the industry matures and experiments, it finds many grape varieties that thrive throughout Washington's microclimates. There are more than 16,000 vineyard acres of red wine varieties statewide.

History & Vintages
Washington's wine future is limitless. As consumers discover the quality of Washington wines, demand continues to grow nationally and internationally. New acreage and wine varietals are being planted and new wineries are opening at a remarkable pace. Washington State is recognized as a premium viticultural region around the world.

State Facts
Washington's wine industry generates more than $3 billion to the state economy. It employs more than 14,000 people, directly and indirectly, with projections to add nearly 2,000 more jobs by 2006. In terms of tax revenues accrued to the state and federal government, wine grapes are among the highest tax generators of any agricultural crops. Furthermore, Washington wine tourism attracts nearly two million visitors annually contributing to the positive growth of local and regional economies.

Washington State - the perfect climate for wine = ideal growing conditions, quality wines, business innovation, lifestyle, and social responsibility. All are key elements of this world-class wine industry.

Columbia Valley

Columbia Cascade Winery Association

The Columbia Valley AVA lies mostly in Washington state, with a small section in Oregon. The Cascade Range forms its western boundary with the Palouse regions bordering the area to the east. To the north, the Okanogan National Forest forms a border with the AVA and Canada. It encompasses the valleys formed by the Columbia River and its tributaries, including the Walla Walla River, the Snake River, and the Yakima River. The Columbia valley stretches between the 46th parallel and 47th parallel which puts it in line with the well known French wine growing regions of Bordeaux and Burgundy. The northern latitude gives the areas two more hours of additional daylight during the summer growing season than wine regions of California receive. The volcanic and sandy loam soil of the valley offers good drainage and is poor in nutrients, ideal in forcing the vine to concentrate its resources into the grape clusters.

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