Buty 2003 Merlot-Cabernet Franc Red (Columbia Valley (WA))

Not the catchiest name for this superb red blend, but Buty doesn't go for flash. They go for sleek, sophisticated, terroir-driven style. This is a smooth and substantial wine that opens slowly but surely. From a stiff start, with acid and tannin driving the bus, the wine's cassis and cherry and wild berry fruit begins to show, along with hints of stone, coffee, anise and green tea. The French oak is used subtly and the winemaking is spot on. Paul Gregutt

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