In 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’ Red Wine, from Buty Winery in Washington’s Columbia Valley fits the bill. It is deliciously juicy, smooth and jam-packed with lively fruit flavors.
Youthful 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 polenta. Enjoy!
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.
BEAST 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.
The 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.
This 2010 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.