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Beast Wildebeest Red Blend 2009

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Winemaker Notes

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

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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.
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Beast
Beast, Columbia Valley, Washington
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.

Columbia Valley

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A large and geographically diverse AVA responsible for a wide variety of wine styles, the Columbia Valley AVA is home to 99% of Washington State’s total vineyard area. A small section of the AVA extends into northern Oregon as well. Because of its vast size, it is necessarily divided into several distinctive sub-AVAs, including Walla Walla Valley and Yakima Valley—which is further split into three more even smaller AVAs. A region this size will of course have varied microclimates, but on the whole it experiences cold winters and long, dry growing seasons. Frost is a common risk during winter and spring. The towering Cascade mountain range creates a rain shadow, keeping the valley relatively rain-free throughout the year, necessitating irrigation from the Columbia River. The lack of humidity combined with sandy soils allows for vines to be grown on their own rootstock, as phylloxera is not a serious concern.

Red wines make up the majority of production in the Columbia Valley. Cabernet Sauvignon is the dominant variety here, where it produces wines with a pleasant balance of dark fruit and herbs. Wines made from Merlot are typically supple, with sweet red fruit and sometimes a hint of chocolate or mint. Syrah tends to be savory and Old-World-leaning, with a wide range of possible fruit flavors and plenty of spice. The most planted white varieties are Chardonnay and Riesling, the styles of which depend on the warmth of the site. Citrus and green apple are common to both in cooler sites, while warmer vineyards will produce riper, fleshier stone fruit flavors.

Other Red Blends

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With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to create complex wines with many different layers of flavors and aromas, or to create more balanced wines. For example, a variety that is soft and full-bodied may be combined with one that is lighter with naturally high acidity. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

AIW09BW_2009 Item# 117904