Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Date Printed: 7/28/2014
Betz Family Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Pere de Famille 2008
Betz Family Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Pere de Famille 2008
(search item no. 120086)
The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
PRICE ON 7/28/2014: $79.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points

Winemaker's Notes:

There's little doubt about this wine's varietal heritage; Cabernet Sauvignon's typical black currant, mulberry and black cherry dominate the nose. Petit Verdot plays a strong supporting role, at a full 10% of the blend, bringing a classic, Bordeaux-esque complexity, with anise, Asian spice, mineral and cigar box aromas. A toasty vanilla sweetness hints at the 16 months in 100% French oak barrels aging.

The 2008 shines on the palate, with a silken entry and mid-palate, a texture that's more like the 2006 vintage with its approachability and suppleness. Don't get the wrong impression as there's an immense amount of Red Mountain tannin that will carry this a decade or two in the cellar. It finishes complete, lively and compelling.

Blend: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, 5% Merlot

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About Betz Family Winery :

Since its first vintange in 1997, Betz Family Winery has had a single-minded goal of crafting compelling wines with individual character that are approachable and age-worthy, and wich showcase Washington as a distinguished wine region of the world. By carving out specific vineyard blocks and being meticulous in the vineyard and cellar they are able to achieve the quality they aspire to, the result being highly-acclaimed wines that compete on the world stage. Today, Betz Family Winery is headed by two families, committed to be true to their heritage, their family members and true to what Betz embodies: wines of dimension and pleasure that allow the character of Washington to shine through.