Betz Family Winery Clos de Betz 2012

Washington
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£51.50 per bottle
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93-95 Points - Jeb Dunnuck (erobertparker.com)

Tasted as a barrel sample and Betz’s take on a right bank Bordeaux, the 2012 Clos de Betz is 67% Merlot, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon and the balance Petit Verdot. Inky-purple in color (has anyone seen a Betz wine not inky purple?), if offers impressive cassis, plum liqueur, spring flowers and underbrush-style aromas and flavors to go with a mouth-filling, layered and voluptuous style on the palate. I love the mid-palate here, and the tannin builds through the finish, so, while it should have plenty of up-front appeal, it should also evolve for 15+ years.

Taste & Aroma

Score:93

Tasted as a barrel sample and Betz’s take on a right bank Bordeaux, the 2012 Clos de Betz is 67% Merlot, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon and the balance Petit Verdot. Inky-purple in color (has anyone seen a Betz wine not inky purple?), if offers impressive cassis, plum liqueur, spring flowers and underbrush-style aromas and flavors to go with a mouth-filling, layered and voluptuous style on the palate. I love the mid-palate here, and the tannin builds through the finish, so, while it should have plenty of up-front appeal, it should also evolve for 15+ years.

Jeb Dunnuck on Jun 1st, 2015

Producer

The Betz Family Winery was started by Bob and Cathy Betz who crushed their first vintage in 1997, producing 150 cases. Their ethos was (and still is) to ‘focus on the expression of the individual varieties' character and the terroir of the vineyard’ and therefore they also felt it was important to keep the wine making process small, simple and focused.  
The Betz Family winery has won several awards for their stunning wines, with the majority of them consistently receiving 90+ Points from Robert Parker.   In 2015, their 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Le Parrain was awarded a near perfect score of 99 Points from Jeb Dunnuck (eRobertParker.com).
The winemakers at Betz pay close attention to phenolic development as high tannin levels are common in grapes grown in Washington state. The wines are processed 100% by a gravity flow process with pressing closely monitored and much of the process done by hand. The wines are then aged in 100% French oak barrels.  In 2011 Bob and Cathy sold the winery to Steve and Bridgit Griessel with Bob remaining as the winery’s ‘patriarch’ and winemaker. The Betz Family Winery produce wines of ‘individual character, with a blend of richness, balance and pleasure’.
If you have not yet been lucky enough to try a wine from Washington State before, there is no better place to start!

Betz Family Winery

Region

Situated in the Northwest of the USA, Washington is known as the 2nd largest premium wine producer in the United States after California, with over 900 wineries located across the state.  The region produces good quality wines from a range of grape varieties and is planted with almost exactly a 50/50 split of red and white grapes. The most common are Riesling and Chardonnay for the whites and Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah for the reds.  Two of our favourite producers from Washington are the Betz Family Winery and Gramercy Cellars

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