Betz Family Winery Pere de Famille Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
The vibrant, purple magenta color of the 2016 Pére de Famille extends from one rim of the glass to the other, a hint of the intense aromatics to follow. The breadth of what’s here is phenomenal and sensual: black and blue berries, crushed bay leaf and thyme; eucalyptus, rose petal and fresh tobacco. On the palate the wine has power and dimension, with rich cassis, baking spice and a hint of graphite. Terrifically fresh, the minerality that lingers through the finish is pronounced and lengthy. At turns expansive, elegant and muscular, this is delicious now but has the promise of a brilliant life ahead in the cellar.
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The 2016 Pere de Famille is composed of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Merlot. The nose gives up enticing, expressive red and black fruit along with floral highlights that add to the wine's elegance and refinement. The palate is ripe and good focus on freshness, showing rich, juicy fruit with beautifully balanced oak spices. The wine ends with a long-lingering finish with a youthful tannic structure that will ensure this wine ages with elegance over its lifetime. I can't help but take another sip. 1,300 cases produced.
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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.
A noble variety bestowed with both power and concentration, Cabernet Sauvignon enjoys success all over the globe, its best examples showing potential to age beautifully for decades. Cabernet Sauvignon flourishes in Bordeaux's Medoc where it is often blended with Merlot and smaller amounts of some combination of Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. In the Napa Valley, ‘Cab’ is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious, age-worthy and sought-after “cult” wines. Somm Secret—DNA profiling in 1997 revealed that Cabernet Sauvignon was born from a spontaneous crossing of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc in 17th century southwest France.