93-95 Points - Jeb Dunnuck (robertparker.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."
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
Zalto Denk-Art Bordeaux Glass
The Zalto Bordeaux glass is recommended for weightier style reds, probably our most widely used glass when tasting in house, this glass is great for many different wines. The large bowl helping aerate and soften tannins whilst accentuating the wine's depth and concentration. The Bordeaux glass is the ideal choice for Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Zinfandel, Bordeaux or Rhône style blends and many other red wines. Surprisingly, it is also the glass of choice for oaked Chardonnay, the shape of the bowl accentuating the balance of ripe fruits and oak.
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!
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 great 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. Being slightly further inland, Washington’s conditions are perfect for Cabernet Sauvignon that produces incredible dense and powerful wines either as a single variety or as a Bordeaux style blend. The majority of wine production is based on the eastern side, the region being separated by the Cascade Mountains which give protection from the Pacific weather from the west creating a rain shadow on the eastern side of the region. This create dry almost dessert like conditions, temperatures moderated by the influence from rivers running from the mountains. Washington’s reputation is that of quality, with some iconic producers and wines that rival many of the best found in California. Quilceda Creek are one such producer who create very long-lived, powerful Cabernet Sauvignon, their 2015 vintage scoring 99 points. Gramercy Cellars are also a producer with a great reputation for producing outstanding Cabernet led wines as well as creating outstanding examples from Rhone varieties.
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