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.
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With Merlot as the dominant variety in this blend, the color isn't as inky black as the Pere de Famille, but the Clos de Betz still shows the dense color saturation from core to edge of the glass. Then the aroma takes center stage, with pure, vibrant black cherries, camphor, cocoa and a slight... more
A densely saturated vibrant black/red color leads to a nose of pure black currants, at once inky yet penetrating. Studded with notes of dried thyme, anise and pipe tobacco, the aroma emerges as pure Cabernet. The entry is plump, supple and refined, enriched by blending with small amounts of Petite... more
Mid-summer heat built Merlot power in 2009. The thicker grape skins caused by higher summer temperatures create one of Merlot's splendid sensory traits, the smell of sweet chocolate. And it's here in the 2009 vintage of Clos de Betz. Add subtle creamy vanilla oak from French oak barrels, rich... more
This vintage of Pere de Famille is consistent with the past several years, heavy on Cabernet character, with Petit Verdot playing a key supporting role and a bit of Merlot adding fleshiness. There's a notable development, however: an increase in the Cabernet Sauvignon from the 1973 block at Red... more
Washington Merlot shines in a vintage like 2008; the cooler, more moderate temperatures favor the development of sweet black cherry, plum and its signature chocolate/coffee note. One will likelt be struck by the dimension and suppleness of the mouthfeel.
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The 2008 La Serenne is a black purple color, all the way to the edge, and has penetrating aromas and depth of favor. Like the previous years, La Serenne shows the same sauvage (wild) character that Syrah from a cooler site can take on: blackberry and black cherry are accented by anise, rocks, spice... more
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... more
Red Mountain vineyards once again put their signature on this wine. Despite the blend of four clones from two vineyards, 2008 La Cote Rousse ultimately is strongly influenced by its origin. The firm palate grip, slower evolution of tannins and great breadth ultimately distinguishes this from our... more
Merlot traditionally provides the fleshy foundation for this blend, and it easily assumed that role in 2007. The quality of Merlot in 2007 almost had us bottling a varietal Merlot! Ultimately we decided to let its typical richness set the stage for small amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec,... more
Our 2007 Pere de Famille resonates with the high percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend; at 85%, the Cabernet fraction provides the depth and fruit purity this wine has come to represent. Penetrating black currant and sweet black cherry are the foundation fruits, with elements of exotic... more