Beast Wildebeest Red Blend 2009
Other Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
Our 2009 Wildebeest combines poise and power, with suave tannins, perfumed aromatics and a plush, creamy texture. In the nose and on the palate, the Syrah contributes big beautiful licorice and ripe black cherry notes, with the Cabernet adding richness and the Malbec bringing high-tone raspberry and red fruit elements to the blend. Throughout it all, the lush fruit surrounds a core of sleek Washington State acidity that adds length and definition to this handsome BEAST.
Blend: 45% Syrah, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Malbec
Wine Enthusiast - "Fragrant and plush aromas of cassis, blueberry and black cherry mix with strong notes of licorice and black olive. Silky, detailed, supple and beautifully proportioned, this is a terrific value."
Beast is the alter-ego of Buty Winery.
Beast wines are very limited, single vineyard offerings. These wines are uunique interpretations of new varietals and vineyards with the same great winemaking care and attention as Buty wines.
Buty's philosophy of winemaking reflects the old religious worldview of human growth from body to mind to soul to spirit, called "the great nest of being." The all inclusive nest of being grows over time as they reach for the spiritual levels of life. So too, Buty wines evolve including and expanding their quality at each stage of their development. Our wine’s development is a cumulative and artistic process. Every stage of growth is equally important for a fine wine, starting with a great site developed into a vineyard, from fruit into wine, from cellared bottles to our enjoyment at a shared meal. A great wine calls for complete attention as we expand the qualities present at every stage. View all Beast Wines
About Columbia Valley
Columbia Valley is the largest of Washington State's wine growing regions, with almost 11 million acres. It encompasses a number of smaller regions, including Yakima Valley, Walla Walla Valley, Red Mountain and more. The vast area consists of a range of climates, allowing viticulturists to plant a diverse selection of grape varieties. Most wineries plant rows sparsely, which helps the vines survive the harsh winters.
Notable FactsMerlot is the most popular and most planted grape of the area, followed by Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Syrah and Riesling are also popular and continue to grow in acreage.
About WashingtonRelated Links:Now the number two producer in the United States, Washington State has also grown in quality.
So how does a state known for rain and coffee produce high quality wines? They plant their grapes on the east side of the Cascade mountains, away from that ever-present rain cloud that sits along the coast. Perhaps wine grapes do well since the sandy loam soils east of the Cascade range give way to an almost desert-like land, saved from drought only by the helpful rivers that run through the area – and the good irrigation systems.
Thinking that the state would do best with typical northern growing grapes like Riesling and Gewurtztraminer, turns out the apple state is well-suited for reds, namely Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and, more recently, Syrah. Of course, whites have not been forgotten - Washington State Rieslings range from bone-dry to sweet, are well-structured and high quality, and Chardonnay dominates most of the other white plantings, making a range of wines. But the reds of the region, Merlot in particular, have made Washington State a quality force to be reckoned with.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.