2009 Buty Sémillon/Sauvignon Blanc

Rating: ★★½☆☆

Vintage: 2009
Producer: Buty
Variety: Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc blend
Designation: N/A
Region: United States
Sub-region: Washington, Columbia Valley
ABV: 13.9%
Price: $29 (Marquis)

He says: This is a big, fruit-forward Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc blend. I didn’t mind it, and it would be good in the right situation, however, it’s not without its flaws. The palate comes across as flabby, without enough acidity. More importantly, the lack of acidity really hurts the finish where the alcohol is strongly felt without an acidic counter-point. This would be perfect with a meal of roast chicken, but don’t pair it with a dish that’s fatty/oily (fish, cheese or a creamy sauce) where acidity is needed to freshen things up.

She says: Overall, this wine had a lovely aroma and flavour profile. The combination of citrus, green apple, and floral notes all melded together in a balanced style. However, this wine was letdown by its lack of acidity and a hot alcohol finish that almost felt spicy. To me, the wine benefited from a day’s worth of oxygenation as it tasted more balanced on the 2nd day of tasting.

Tasting note

Looks like: Clear, med- lemon
Smells like: Clean, med intensity, youthful, green fruit, citrus, floral, honey, hint of stonefruit
Tastes like: Dry, med- acidity, med+ body, med+ intensity, big waxy mouthfeel, honeyed, green fruit, citrus, floral, hint of stonefruit, tart finish, alcohol is hot, med+ alcohol, med finish
Summary: Average to good, Ready to drink but could develop further

1 comment to 2009 Buty Sémillon/Sauvignon Blanc

  • Interesting, and disappointing. I have a bottle of this yet to be consumed, but have found Buty wines (have only had the reds) to be a bit over the top and unbalanced in the past. I know people rave about them, however. For my money Andrew Will, Betz and Cayuse are making the best wines in WA.

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