This wine delivers a seamless combination of enticing aromatics, mouthfilling richness with lovely minerality, all with enough enlivening acidity to add focus and definition to the alluring fruit. The sémillon provides eloquent florals and textural richness, along with flavors of golden fig, while the sauvignon and muscadelle contribute layers of rose, jasmine, pink grapefruit and lime spice. Firm acids add an almost architectural undercurrent to the creamy texture, keeping this wine delightfully fresh and bright.
|Vintage:||2014||Grape Varietals:||60% Sémillon, 22% Sauvignon, 18% Muscadelle||ABV:||14.0%|
|Aging:||Fermentations were done in both Nomblot concrete tanks and old Bordeaux barrels, with aging on lees to enhance texture and aroma. The wine was blended in the early summer from our best barrels and tank wine, and represents 45% barrel aging and 55% concrete, with a very modest 3% new oak.|
We grow this wine with a trio of renowned vineyards in our inland desert, each with favorable microclimates for their varieties. To achieve a style that balances freshness and natural acidity with richness and silky texture, we keep the grapes for this wine partially shaded from the summer sun. Planted in 1982 on the warm Wahluke Slope, we source sémillon from the oldest block of Rosebud Ranch Vineyard, in an area that benefits from diurnal swings of up to 50 degrees. We also source sémillon from legendary winegrower Dick Boushey’s famed Boushey Vineyard—a cooler site in Yakima Valley. Our aromatic muscadelle and sauvignon blanc come from nearby Lonesome Spring Ranch.
Vintage & Harvest:
2014 delivered abundant spring heat, leading to early budbreak and flowering. To address the heat, which continued through summer, we tailored our irrigation, crop size and shading to the needs of each vineyard. In the run up to harvest, Mother Nature delivered ideal temperate weather, which allowed us to pick exactly when we wished. One of our earliest harvests ever, we harvested our Lonesome Spring sauvignon blanc on September 8th at 22.0°Brix, with the site’s muscadelle coming in on September 20th at 23.3° Brix. Our old-vine sémillon from Rosebud Ranch was picked on September 3rd at 23.5°, while our sémillon from the cooler Boushey Vineyard was the last fruit picked on September 27th at 22.5° Brix.
Each small harvest was sorted by hand at the winery after hand picking and vineyard sorting. To preserve acidity, fresh fruit and floral purity in the warmer 2014 vintage, 95% of the grapes were whole-cluster pressed. Fermentations were done in both Nomblot concrete tanks and old Bordeaux barrels, with aging on lees to enhance texture and aroma. The wine was blended in the early summer from our best barrels and tank wine, and represents 45% barrel aging and 55% concrete, with a very modest 3% new oak. To further preserve acidity and varietal character, only 60% of the wine underwent malolactic fermentation, and the wine was not cold stabilized. As a result, if stored exceedingly cold, it may shed natural tartaric crystals.
This wine has enough structure and stuffing to pair with roast pork.
|Item Number||Unit||Units/Case||Type||UPC - bottle||SCC - case||SRP/Unit|
|W1EE207028SMS||750ml||12||Glass||7 84585 01209 1||1 07 84585 01209 8||$25.95|
"Lively and mouthwatering, with notes of star fruit, hay and spicy cinnamon. Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle. Drink now. 820 cases made."
- Wine Spectator (Web Only 2018), 88 pts
"Light dried orange peel, herb and candlewax aromas lead to broad, medium-bodied fruit flavors in this white."
- Wine Enthusiast (November 2017), 88 pts
"55% aged in concrete and 45% in barrels, just 3% new; 60% of the wine went through malolactic fermentation. Pale gold-straw color. Pungent floral lift to the aromas of grapefruit, lime and fig. Fairly rich in texture, with an intriguing saline quality to the mineral and citrus flavors. Bright and long on the aftertaste, with lingering notes of grapefruit skin and peppery herbs. - Stephen Tanzer"
- Vinous (November 2015), 90 pts
"Buty’s 2013 Columbia Valley Semillon, Sauvignon & Muscadelle is an interesting white (it’s mostly Semillon, with 22% Sauvignon and 16% Muscadelle) that has terrific lemon, lychee and honeyed citrus in a medium-bodied, supple, perfectly balanced profile. This really shines on the palate, and while it has solid richness, it’s always fresh, pure and lively. It will be versatile on the dinner table and drink nicely for at least a couple of years, and possibly surprise in the cellar. It’s well worth checking out. - Jeb Dunnuck"
- Wine Advocate (Issue #2019, June 2015), 91 pts
"Fresh and inviting, with spicy orange, pear and floral flavors on a sleek frame. Sémillon, Sauvignon and Muscadelle. Drink now. 820 cases made. –HS"
- Wine Spectator (October 31st 2015), 88 pts
"Honeyed and round, with a golden fruit quality that runs from apples to pears and raisins, this blends close to two-thirds semillon with sauvignon blanc and muscadelle. It has an impressively high tone to its fruit, the finish going the route of preserved citrus. There's enough structure and stuffing to pair with roast pork."
- Wine & Spirits Magazine, 91 pts
"Fresh and inviting, featuring pretty pear fruit and a hint of hay. The flavors roll smoothly into the gently spicy finish. Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle. Drink now. 1,650 cases made. –HS"
Wine Spectator (Web Only 2013), 88pts