this hot summer weather, I still enjoy red wine, but I want it juicy and
refreshing, something that I can even serve slightly chilled. The 2010 Beast ‘Wildebeest’
, from Buty Winery
in Washington’s Columbia Valley fits the bill. It is
deliciously juicy, smooth and jam-packed with lively fruit flavors.
deep ruby, the nose is quite alluring, offering a core of ripe black fruit
aromas, intense and focused – cassis, plum and blackberry laced with notes of
sweet spice, licorice and butterscotch. Absolutely mouth-filling, this
wine is bright and refreshing and packed with lively, succulent fruity flavors
that mirror the nose. Tannins are sufficiently firm and fleshy but also
seductive. Persistent flavors and a long length.
At the table: This 2010 BEAST Wildebeest Red Blend is a very
versatile summer red. Just chill it slightly for about 15 to 20 minutes before
serving, to bring out the energy and bright juicy flavors. It will pair
excellently with any grilled meats or vegetables. We enjoyed a glass over the
July 4th holiday
with simple grilled steak, grilled summer vegetables, and creamy
About Buty Winery, the Columbia Valley and BEAST
Wildebeest Red Blend: Buty
is a small, family-run winery located in Washington State’s Columbia Valley. It
was established by Seattle-born Nina Buty and Caleb Foster in 2000 with the aim
of making top class Cabernet, Syrah blends and Semillon-Sauvignon blends under
the Buty name and label. Though Caleb has moved on to other things, Nina remains
firmly at the helm.
is the ‘alter-ego’ of Buty (pronounced beauty). BEAST is a limited edition
range of ‘one-of-a-kind’ wines that are all about freedom and the exploration
of new and different vineyards and grape varieties, than those utilized for
the classic Buty range.
Columbia Valley is the largest AVA (American Viticultural Area) in Washington
State and makes up the heart of the state’s wine country. It also includes the
smaller AVAs of Yakima Valley, Red Mountain, Walla Walla, and Horse Heaven
Hill, which are all within its boundaries.
BEAST Wildebeest is a blend of 77% Syrah, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9%
Cabernet Franc. Each variety was vinified and aged separately before blending.
Aging was in French oak for 20 months with only about 7% new oak.