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 Vintage2002 Label 1 of 10 
(NOTE: Label borrowed from 2005 vintage.)
TypeRed
ProducerButy (web)
VarietyRed Blend
DesignationColumbia Rediviva
Vineyardn/a
CountryUSA
RegionWashington
SubRegionColumbia Valley
AppellationHorse Heaven Hills

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2008 and 2011 (based on 2 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 89.9 pts. and median of 90 pts. in 13 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by zovizule on 9/19/2014: Really nice - agree with the notes from MC2, except that this bottle was definitely not on it's last legs. Surprisingly neutral at opening, deepened and softened with an hour of air. Lovely. (162 views)
 Tasted by MC2 Wines on 3/21/2014: This is getting to last legs so I recommend drinking up. It's got some great deepness to it. It's oil and spice and tar and a bit of charred wood. Lots of evolution going on. The wine ten minutes later is starting to get some black plums. It's an interesting one. Would like to try others by this producer. (421 views)
 Tasted by norsktorsk on 1/19/2012 & rated 91 points: Very nice. Drinking well right now. (1187 views)
 Tasted by nzinkgraf on 4/9/2011: Predominately if not all, Champoux. 61% Cabernet, 38% Syrah. Red and black fruit aromas. coffee roast, nut oils. harmony and pronounced intensity. American Oak on this, but as this blend is now from Phinny Hill, French is the program. ruby core to a garnet rim, with a green nuance of complexity to the palate. mmm (1225 views)
 Tasted by Ben Christiansen on 3/11/2011: Very mineral on the nose but holding out well. Soft and silky on the palate, showing the hand of the wine maker in the best possible way. (1357 views)

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Buty

Producer website

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.

60% Malbec, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot

USA

WineAmerica (National Association of American Wineries) | Free the Grapes!

Washington

Washington Wine Commission | Credit to Washingtonwine.org for this article

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.

Wineries
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.

Growers
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.

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.

Varieties
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.

Horse Heaven Hills

About AVA (Wikipedia)

 
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