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2008 Buty "Columbia Rediviva - Phinny Hill Vineyard" Horse Heaven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon-Syrah (Previously $50)

SKU #1080331 94 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Syrah—this is a focused wine, with complex nuances of licorice, tar, mineral and lead pencil, but it is buttressed by the compact, concentrated red and black fruits. The dusty tannins are reminiscent of a Napa wine, with excellent length and polish. *Cellar Selection* (PG) Inner quote mark (7/2012)

92 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Dense and focused, with fine, chewy tannins around a core of savory cherry, plum and herb flavors, hinting at game bird and fresh mushroom as the finish lingers expressively. (HS) Inner quote mark (11/2012)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark A 60-40 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, the Buty 2008 Columbia Rediviva Phinny Hill Vineyard features fresh blackberry and cassis tinged with bittersweet nut oils and green herbs on a firm yet finely-tannic palate, leading to a satisfyingly saliva-inducing, abundantly juicy and subtly complex persistence. The longer this was open, the more savory it became and the more in need of 'mineral' descriptors to capture its allusive allure. A few more years are likely to bring yet more interest to this Buty beauty. (DS) Inner quote mark (12/2012)

91 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark Syrah makes a play for the bouquet of this blend, with black pepper and tobacco accents. Cabernet (60 percent of the blend) takes over in the lean plumminess of the flavors, finishing savory and linear with refined tannins. For lamb roast. Inner quote mark (12/2011)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Good red-ruby. Aromas and flavors of blackberry, blueberry, licorice and menthol. Firmly built and nicely delineated; a bit more pliant and less musclebound than an earlier bottle I tasted. Strong, ripe berry and spice flavors are supported by firm tannins. (ST) Inner quote mark (12/2011)


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