Origin: United States
- Columbia Valley
BEAST is the alter ego of Buty. The mercurial nature of our BEAST wines allows us the freedom to explore new varietals, new vineyards and new blends beyond the classic Buty portfolio. Made with a clear vision and voice, these wines have developed their own faithful following. Our Wildebeest is available nationally in fine restaurants and wine shops.
Lair of the BEAST: A denizen of the Columbia Valley, our 2011 Wildebeest hails from far and wide. The majority of this wine is made up of cabernet sauvignon, and a touch of syrah, from Phinny Hill Vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills. It also includes syrah, mourvèdre and grenache from our own Rockgarden Estate in the acclaimed Milton-Freewater alluvial fan district of Walla Walla Valley, as well as a delicious hint of cabernet franc from the legendary Conner Lee Vineyard.
Season of the BEAST: This BEAST roamed the vine rows all through the long cool months of spring and summer 2011, slowly gaining strength and structure, until it rejoiced and grew bold in the beautiful October sunshine—emerging with both power and poise.
Notes Upon Encountering the Wildebeest: In our 2011 Wildebeest, the cabernet sauvignon from Phinny Hill Vineyard shines through, giving this wine beautiful structure, acidity and a concentrated dark berry core of fruit. Rhône grapes from the "rocks" of our Rockgarden Estate, add lovely notes of licorice, rosemary, black pepper and nutmeg, with a touch of cabernet franc from Conner Lee Vineyard contributing hints of lifted spice and chamomile tea. Throughout, firm tannins, enticing aromatics and a creamy texture underscore this appealing wine's purity and power.
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