The Buoy Red

This Spanish inspired wine is a spicy, fruit-forward blend.

YEAR: 2018

76% Mourvedre
19% Syrah
5% Petit Verdot

Mourvedre – Six Prong Vineyard, Horse Heaven Hills AVA, Washington
Syrah – Airfield Estates, Yakima AVA, Washington
Petit Verdot – Airfield Estates, Yakima AVA, Washington

ABV: 14.1%

WINEMAKER NOTES: 2018 was a perfect growing season in eastern Washington – heat early in the summer with a cool fall and no rain. These ideal conditions resulted in grapes with high sugar, balanced acid, and amazing color. For this vintage of Buoy red, we looked to Spain for our blending inspiration. Mourvedre, believed to have originated in Spain where it is commonly known as Monastrell or Mataro, is the base of this spicy fruit forward blend. To this, we blended Syrah for its smooth richness and ripe fruit flavors and a touch of Petit Verdot for its floral notes and deep color.


  • Double Gold – 2022 San Francisco International Wine Competition
  • Platinum – 2023 Great Northwest Wine Platinum Awards


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PRICE: $16.00


In the past five years, our judging gained interest in the state of Maine because of the 20 Platinum medals won by Aaron Peet, who burnished his skills by going through the Walla Walla Community College winemaking program. That time in Washington helped him identify some of the top vineyards he would work with on behalf of winery owner Bettina Doulton. This unique Rhône-heavy blend of Mourvèdre (76%) from Six Prong Vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills includes contributions by the Miller family’s Airport Ranch in the Yakima Valley for Syrah (19%) and Petit Verdot (5%). That combination created one of the most expressive red wines of the judging with aromas and flavors of blackberry, bell pepper, gunpowder tea, tobacco and warm spices. Black tea tannins and elderberry juice make for a zesty imprint on the finish of this brooding and full-bodied Rhône-ish red – Great Northwest Wine

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