Betz Family Winery Clos de Betz 2016
The 2016 Clos de Betz displays a brilliant magenta rim leading to a ruby core. The aromatic fireworks shout Merlot: black cherry, pomegranate and cocoa powder leap from the glass, with leather, tobacco, sage and black pepper coming out with time and air. The palate shows Washington Merlot’s characteristic weight and density while expressing the freshness and detail of the vintage. Flavors of black and red raspberry, plum, anise and dried orange peel lead into a savory, long-lived and mouthwatering finish. This Clos de Betz would be right at home amongst its siblings in the Right Bank of Bordeaux, combining intensity, vibrancy and structure for terrific cellar potential.
Blend: 70% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Petit Verdot
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Classically merlot plums and mulberries with some darker, graphite-like notes, as well as baking spices. The depth here is stunning, it has a very sleek and assertive palate with abundant plums and mulberries. A blend of 70% merlot, 15% cabernet sauvignon and 15% petit verdot. Try in three to five years.
The 2016 Clos de Betz is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Wafting from the glass, the silky red fruit has a subtle spiciness and a note of rich, dusty flowers on the nose. Medium to full-bodied, dusty plum and just-ripe fruit tones dance across the palate with elegance and ease, showing balanced acidity and a complex, layered expression. It ends with a long, grippy and focused sensation on the finish, revealing a very special wine that will last for years to come. It's delicious now, but you will reward your future self by cellaring this for at least 10 years. 950 cases were produced. Range: 94+
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.
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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.
A large and geographically diverse AVA capable of producing a wide variety of wine styles, the Columbia Valley AVA is home to 99% of Washington state’s total vineyard area. A small section of the AVA even extends into northern Oregon!
Because of its size, it is necessarily divided into several distinctive sub-AVAs, including Walla Walla Valley and Yakima Valley—which are both further split into smaller, noteworthy appellations. A region this size will of course have varied microclimates, but on the whole it experiences extreme winters and long, hot, dry summers. Frost is a common risk during winter and spring. The towering Cascade mountain range creates a rain shadow, keeping the valley relatively rain-free throughout the entire year, necessitating irrigation from the Columbia River. The lack of humidity combined with sandy soils allows for vines to be grown on their own rootstock, as phylloxera is not a serious concern.
Red wines make up the majority of production in the Columbia Valley. Cabernet Sauvignon is the dominant variety here, where it produces wines with a pleasant balance of dark fruit and herbs. Wines made from Merlot are typically supple, with sweet red fruit and sometimes a hint of chocolate or mint. Syrah tends to be savory and Old-World-leaning, with a wide range of possible fruit flavors and plenty of spice. The most planted white varieties are Chardonnay and Riesling. These range in style from citrus and green apple dominant in cooler sites, to riper, fleshier wines with stone fruit flavors coming from the warmer vineyards.
One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, the best of these are densely hued, fragrant, full of fruit and boast a structure that begs for cellar time. Somm Secret—Blends from Bordeaux are generally earthier compared to those from the New World, which tend to be fruit-dominant.