Buty Winery 2008 Columbia Rediviva Columbia River Valley, WA
Buty was founded in 2000 by Nina Buty Foster and her husband Caleb Foster. A veteran
of the wine industry, winemaker Caleb worked harvests on three continents before
venturing on his own to create Washington wines with a true expression of vintage and
terroir. The winery began by producing just a single wine, but in less than a decade,
production has grown to include Chardonnay, Riesling, one white and two red blends.
Columbia Rediviva, the first wine Buty ever produced, is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon
and Syrah. The wine is named for a ship that sailed through the Columbia River in 1792 on a doomed search for a waterway that linked the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. On the nose, it offers blackberry and black currant with a touch of
bramble. Black fruits tease the tip of the tongue with chocolate and mocha weighty on
the mid-palate and continuing through to the medium finish. A fairly full-bodied wine,
its chewy tannins hint at its ageability. Try it with seared venison covered in a blackberry
sauce, classic filet mignon or, for vegetarians, a hearty vegetable stew.