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9 Wines from 11 Grape Varieties

Buty Columbia Rediviva Phinny Hill Vineyard Bottle Preview
ButyColumbia Rediviva Phinny Hill Vineyard

Our Columbia Rediviva is a rich and sophisticated blend from Washington State comprised of two classic varietals: cabernet sauvignon and syrah. At Buty, we were the first Washington winery to focus on blends of cabernet sauvignon and syrah as deluxe wines. Columbia Rediviva grows on an historic Washington site—the east face of Phinny Hill by the Columbia River. Our cabernet and syrah vines are planted there in silt-loam soils, above free-draining basalt cobblestones from pre-Ice Age rivers. Our blocks are on the leeward and east-facing slope of the hilltop, where they are protected from the Columbia River winds. We sought out this site specifically for producing Columbia Rediviva, and selected all the trellising and pruning design for the cabernet vines, with the syrah planted to our choice of clones and trellis system.

Buty Conner Lee Vineyard Chardonnay Bottle Preview
ButyConner Lee Vineyard Chardonnay

We have made a Conner Lee Vineyard Chardonnay since our debut 2000 vintage. Originally planted in the early 1980s, this acclaimed vineyard is located at approximately 1,100 feet on the plateau of Radar Hill south of Othello, Washington. It is a cool site in a warm, sunny region. In our Eastern Washington desert environment, the spring and fall nights can be 50 degrees cooler than the daytime temperatures. The hot summer months of July and August ripen the fruit, while cooler fall temperatures keep the acids high and the pH low. We work with Conner Lee’s prized 1989 block and its 2005 ‘clone #95’ block. Both are planted with ungrafted vines in well-drained sandy-silt soils. To achieve a pure, complex style, we prune for optimum fruit positions in February, shoot thin in May and cluster thin at veraison—all to promote concentration early in the year.