Buty Merlot/Cabernet Franc 2008

Columbia Valley

Winemaker's Notes

There's a nose of Northwest marionberries and violets, with a rich palate from
attack to finish, with our stylistic supple texture. Rich merlot dominates the young palate and
compliments the cabernet franc's grip and fragrance. Youthful and accessible now, the intense
fruit, balanced oak and tannin, will allow this wine to age ten years or more.

About the Region

This large viticultural area, covering about 11 million acres with some 17,000 acres of vines, extends over a large part of central and southern Washington (and over the border slightly into Oregon). It lies at the same latitude as Bordeaux and Burgundy, with numerous soil types and microclimates, and grows all the usual suspects, with cabernet sauvignon and other Bordeaux grapes and, more surprisingly, the red Rhône varieties, doing particularly well.

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