2013 Buty US Red Blend "Connor Lee Vineyard"
Wine Name/Vineyard: "Connor Lee Vineyard"
Wine Category: US Red Blend
Grape blend: 61% Merlot & 39% Cabernet Franc
Region: Columbia Valley
State or country: WA
Cases produced: 310
KWG Score: 92.8 (based on 5 reviews)
Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (92)
Review date: March 7, 2016
Wine Review: This pitch black colored Merlot based wine opens with appealing fragrant blueberry bouquet. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, slightly acidic and mouthwatering. The flavor profile is a mild oak, black plum and black cherry blend with notes of black olive and a hint of black licorice and minerality. The finish is dry and its moderate tannins stick around and linger for quite a while. This blend is very food friendly and would pair very nicely with beef bourguignon. Enjoy – Ken
Winemaker Notes: While this wine has gorgeous depth and ripeness, its phenomenal natural acidity adds poise and precision to the abundant layers of pure fruit. A rich and juicy cherry cobbler core of Merlot is surrounded by layers of blueberry and spice from the Cabernet Franc, which also contributes to this wine's excellent acidity and lovely fine-grained tannins. Oak aging has subtly imparted hints of cinnamon, vanilla and nutmeg, underscoring the Merlot's body and richness. The finish is long and lingering with vibrant red berry and spice notes.
Organic status: not organic
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