By Duane Pemberton
Winery website: http://www.butywinery.com
Nina Buty’s winery that bears her name has gained a great deal of momentum over the past couple of years because of it’s wine quality. That quality squarely lands on winemaker, Chris Dowsett and his crew. He does a great job of producing approachable wines that should also age gracefully, rewarding those who opt to lay them down awhile.
2011 White – $25 – W.E.P. Rating: 85%
60% Sémillon, 19% Sauvignon, 21% Muscadelle
On the nose:Candied pears, green apples, goat cheese, lemon, honeysuckly and apricot.
On the palate: A good culmination of stone fruit like pear and a hint of apricot along with some golden apple. Very nice acidity on the mid palate that also brings with it some floral notes and a hint of honeysuckle. The dry, lingering finish entices you to pair it with fresh shellfish or white-wine-based pasta dishes.
2011 Chardonnay: $40 – W.E.P. Rating: 90%
On the nose: Banana peel, fresh melon, meyer lemon, honeysuckle, a hint of marshmallow and fresh-baked biscuits.
On the palate: Quite easily, one of the better Washington Chardonnay’s I’ve ever had. It has a really good balance of fruit, texture from appropriate oak integration and retains good freshness across the entire palate. If you’re looking for a great Chardonnay which has good balance of acidity as well, then look no further.
2010 Wildebeast: $40 – W.E.P. Rating: 90%
Varietal: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
On the nose: Macerated cherries, spice, peppercorn, raspberry, leather, dark chocolate and tobacco leaf.
On the palate: Very good acidity, tannin and fruit combine into a very balanced red blend. This is a very approachable red that will also age well for another 10 years or more. An easy, every-day red-blend that knocks it right out of the park.
2010 Merlot/Cab Franc: $50 – W.E.P. Rating: 90%
58% Merlot / 42% Cabernet Franc
On the nose: Notes of raspberry, cherry, cola, leather, clove, allspice, pepperoni stick and a hint of game.
On the palate: A seriously lush wine that has rich black and red fruit along with a good sense of muscle. This is not a wimpy wine and will easily cater to more of a new world style of wine lover. Good mid palate and finish – a no brainer with a beef pot roast, elk or even goat.
2009 Rediviva of the Stones: $60 – W.E.P. Rating: 90%
77% Syrah / 23% Cabernet Sauvignon
On the nose: Black plum, squid ink, blackberry, leather shoe sole, marionberry, blueberry and a hint of bacon fat.
On the palate: A rather atypical Syrah from “the rocks” meaning a relatively high pH with lots of “meat” on the palate. There’s an insane amount of black fruit going on here; notes of plums, blackberry, boysenberry and marionberry. Across the mid palate i get notes of leather, bacon fat and some leather action with cassis. Fans of old-world style wine most likely will not enjoy this wine and that’s okay. It’s a wine that will rock your socks off with its own interpretation of finesse and fruit.
2009 Cab Syrah: $60 – W.E.P. Rating: 90%
76% Cabernet Sauvignon / 24% Syrah
On the nose: Peppercorn-glazed cherries and raspberries. A nice amount of leather strips, tobacco, dark chocolate and spice.
On the palate: Gorgeous fruit coming on strong with a tidal wave of raspberry, plum, marionberry, elderberry and cherry. On the mid palate I get flavors of cedar, tobacco and dark cocoa. The finish is very pleasant after decanting for an hour but this is not a wine that will age too long after 5 years or so.