We are excited to unveil our Fall BEAST Release:
2015 BEAST Phinny Hill Vineyard 'Reserva Style' Malbec
2017 BEAST Phinny Hill Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
2017 BEAST Conner Lee Vineyard, 1991 Block Cabernet Franc
As the alter ego of our Buty wines, our BEASTs allow us to create unique and dynamic wines with personalities all their own. True to this philosophy, this trio of extraordinary BEASTs offers something completely different from our classic Buty blends. All three are single-vineyard, single-varietal and single-clone wines, from our beloved sections of the famed Phinny Hill and Conner Lee vineyards. Our love affair with these sites has endured for years, and these wines show why. Studies in terroir-inspired purity and power, they are alluring and exotic, with an underlying poise and grace that hints at their Buty roots. As a Friend of the BEAST, you are invited to acquire these wines from now until October 30 at our best prices of the year, with complimentary UPS ground shipping on all orders of 12 bottles or more.
(Weather permitting, all wines will ship the first week of November.)
2015 BEAST Phinny Hill Vineyard 'Reserva Style' Malbec – 48 cases
Regular: $35 Your exclusive price: $30
Because Phinny Hill produces such a robust expression of malbec, we created our 'Reserva' program to ensure that this wine shows impeccably upon release. Now, after 20 months in barrel, and more than two years in bottle, our BEAST 'Reserva Style' Malbec has emerged with a supple and elegant power that glides across the palate in luxurious layers of blackberry, black licorice and plum. Though the tannins have been tamed with patient aging, this wine from the warm 2015 vintage is still gorgeously headstrong and alluring, bringing together rich dark berry layers with notes of coffee bean, cedar and spice. Opulent, age-worthy and completely unique, this is a wine you don't want to miss!
2017 BEAST Phinny Hill Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon – 102 cases
Regular: $42 Your exclusive price: $37
A pure and profound expression of 100% cabernet sauvignon, the core of this wine comes from a prized block at the top of Phinny Hill where thin, rocky soils yield a cabernet with glorious structure, robust age-worthy tannins and voluptuous layers of raspberry jam, black plum, clove, nutmeg, sweet tobacco leaf and orange zest. And yet, because of the influence of the nearby river, and the cooling winds that regularly caress the vines, this BEAST carries its power and weight with a lovely freshness and energy. After 20 months in 40% new French Ermitage and Taransaud oak barrels, it is stately, luxurious and wonderfully appealing.
2017 BEAST Conner Lee Vineyard, Block 1991 Cabernet Franc – 58 cases
Regular: $40 Your exclusive price: $35
In the world of North American wine, there are few varieties as exciting at the moment as cabernet franc. And when Mother Nature delivers a growing season like 2017—that started warm, and had a cool finish—it is good as any grape grown in Washington State. In many ways, this cabernet franc straddles the line between the Old World and the New World. Grown on the coveted 1991 Block of the renowned Conner Lee Vineyard, these older vines produce stunning layers of blueberry, black raspberry and cinnamon. But beneath the hypnotic blue fruits, hints of fresh herbs, sweet red-pepper coulis and floral rosewater emerge. While we love to pair this wine with merlot in our classic Buty blend, we just had to set some cab franc aside in 2017 to show how sublime and sophisticated it can be all on its own.
May the spirit of Halloween haunt your home brightly!
With a wink!
Nina, Chris, Lindsey, and Paul