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Buttonwood the Infant 2004

Winemaker's Notes:

"The Infant" is so named because of the abbreviated amount of time it spends in contact with the red skins of the Cabernet Franc grape. You see, the juice of a red grape is actually white, a very pale pink at the most. So to obtain the color (and deep flavors) in any red wine, winemakers leave the juice in contact with the pigmented skins – from which a red wine derives much of its flavor and all of its color. This wine has more color and stuffing than a rosé wine – the increasingly popular "pinks" – though both are produced in exactly the same way as their bigger-sibling red wines, but only up to a point. A rosé is separated from the skins after very short skin contact (ranging from hours to days, depending on the winemaker's aesthetic) and they see no barrel aging, hence the lower price and simpler, more refreshing taste profile. By contrast, to make a red wine from the same grapes a winemaker simply leaves the juice on the skins for a week or more. Oak aging is then applied, as he/she sees fit. "The Infant" was somewhere in between, skin-wise, hence the youthful moniker and the lighter color extraction – more than a rosé, less than a full red wine. All my wine geek blathering aside, this is one delicious wine. Bacchus would be proud. And indulgent. A wise wine lover would follow suit. Serving Suggestions This light red wine does well when served slightly chilled - about 20-30 minutes in the refrigerator (or 10 minutes in an ice water bath.) - Fish or fowl, warm or cold, grilled, sauteed or fried - Summertime picnic fare, cold chicken salad, chicken or turkey sandwiches, - Antipasto plate - Baseball Just 333 cases produced.

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Buttonwood Farm Winery:
Buttonwood farm winery is a small gem set amidst the splendor of Santa Barbara County's Santa Ynez Valley. Our 39-acre vineyard stretches across a sun-drenched mesa on the eastern portion of our 106-acre property. We started planting in 1983 and now have 33,000 vines, small in the world of wine, but huge to us. Buttonwood's varietal mix of sauvignon blanc, semillon, marsanne, merlot, cabe... Read more
Buttonwood farm winery is a small gem set amidst the splendor of Santa Barbara County's Santa Ynez Valley. Our 39-acre vineyard stretches across a sun-drenched mesa on the eastern portion of our 106-acre property. We started planting in 1983 and now have 33,000 vines, small in the world of wine, but huge to us. Buttonwood's varietal mix of sauvignon blanc, semillon, marsanne, merlot, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, and syrah reflects the preferences of owners Betty Williams and her son-in-law, Bret Davenport, for Bordeaux and Rhone style wines. As we expected, they grow perfectly in our warm, eastern Santa Ynez Valley location. Our winery was completed in time for the crush of 1989. We now produce 8,000 cases of wine a year and quite frankly, have a great time doing it. How could we not given our spectacular surroundings and the congenial winemaking atmosphere of Santa Barbara County? The satisfaction of what we do spills over to our tasting room where laughter and lively conversation abound. So on your next trip to Santa Barbara County come visit us in the Santa Ynez Valley. We’ll be waiting to welcome you to Buttonwood Farm and taste some wine with you. Read less

"The Infant" is so named because of the abbreviated amount of time it spends in contact with the red skins of the Cabernet Franc grape. You see, the juice of a red grape is actually white, a very pale pink at the most. So to obtain the color (and deep flavors) in any red wine, winemakers leave the juice in contact with the pigmented skins – from which a red wine derives much of its flavor and all of its color. This wine has more color and stuffing than a rosé wine – the increasingly popular "pinks" – though both are produced in exactly the same way as their bigger-sibling red wines, but only up to a point. A rosé is separated from the skins after very short skin contact (ranging from hours to days, depending on the winemaker's aesthetic) and they see no barrel aging, hence the lower price and simpler, more refreshing taste profile. By contrast, to make a red wine from the same grapes a winemaker simply leaves the juice on the skins for a week or more. Oak aging is then applied, as he/she sees fit. "The Infant" was somewhere in between, skin-wise, hence the youthful moniker and the lighter color extraction – more than a rosé, less than a full red wine. All my wine geek blathering aside, this is one delicious wine. Bacchus would be proud. And indulgent. A wise wine lover would follow suit. Serving Suggestions This light red wine does well when served slightly chilled - about 20-30 minutes in the refrigerator (or 10 minutes in an ice water bath.) - Fish or fowl, warm or cold, grilled, sauteed or fried - Summertime picnic fare, cold chicken salad, chicken or turkey sandwiches, - Antipasto plate - Baseball Just 333 cases produced.

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