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2006 Buty Cabernet Franc/Merlot, 1.5ltr

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Latest Sale Price

July 8, 2012 - $70

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RATINGS

93Wine Enthusiast

...wonderful floral fragrance, and then hits a core of rock and very tight, compact red fruits...layered with nuances of graphite, dried herb, earth, black olive and spice. Black fruits include blackberry and black cherry, filling out a semi-sweet mid-palate...tannins are polished and firm, with hints of coffee and bitter chocolate.

92Wine Spectator

Bright and juicy, with focused blackberry and floral aromas and flavors...waft of rose petal adds interest as the silky texture carries through the finish.

90The Wine Advocate

...fragrant bouquet of violets, spice box, fresh herbs, earth, and red currants...smooth entry onto the palate showing plenty of ripe fruit, precision flavors, and an elegant personality...long finish...

REGION

United States, Washington, Columbia Valley

Columbia Valley AVA is larger than some states. At 18,000 square miles, or 11 million acres, the appellation covers almost half of Washington State and a small part of Oregon on the south side of the Columbia River. Established in 1984, Columbia Valley contains numerous sub appellations within its boundaries, including Yakima Valley AVA and Walla Walla AVA, both large and important wine districts. Columbia Valley AVA, generally called the Columbia Basin by Pacific Northwesterners, is in the Columbia River Plateau, and the AVA also includes a section of northeastern Oregon. There are dozens of microclimates within this appellation of about 7,000 vineyard acres. Many kinds of grapes are grown in the Columbia Valley, though the principal grapes planted are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Riesling, Syrah, Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc. Eastern Washington experiences very hot summers and cold winters, and the northern latitude means that Washington vineyards receive several more hours of sun in the summer than California vineyards. Grapes in Washington therefore have time to develop significant tannins and overall ripeness.