Dear Washington fans,
When the Wine Advocate Washington report hit a week ago, we saw both the Betz Pere de Famille and Clos de Betz 2014 score on the high side of their early projections: the bottled wines delivered on their promise. 94-97 became 97, and 92-94 became 95. We knew they would -- we tasted them in spring and declared the 2014s the strongest and most attractive vintage we've tasted.
Pere de Famille is in rarefied territory; there are a literal handful of Washington Cabernets that so perfectly handle the structure of Cab with such class. Clos de Betz is the poster wine for Merlot's capabilities in Washington. Here they are again, with 97 and 95 points!Betz Pere de Famille Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
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This floored us. Opening with pure elegance, we were taken by the savory mouthwatering aromas combining black cherry, pebbles and hints of fresh ground coffee and then pow -- gorgeous and voluptuous, all the while maintaining a near-mythical freshness and perhaps the most refined tannins of any Washington Cab. The texture! Hailing largely from the 1973 plantings in Red Willow Vineyard, this is stunning wine that can be enjoyed in two years or in twenty. We highly recommend it and we're not alone:
97 points Wine Advocate (originally 94-97): "...the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Pere de Famille is deeper in color than the Clos de Betz and offers fabulous notes of crème de cassis, graphite, crushed flowers and violets. Just screaming Cabernet, it offers full-bodied richness, incredible purity of fruit, and ultra-fine tannin, all of which make for a sensational Washington State Cabernet Sauvignon that's going to evolve for upwards of two decades."Betz Clos de Betz 2014
A Bordeaux blend sporting 71% Merlot along with Cabernet and Petit Verdot, we were (again!) struck by the texture and tannin -- so suave and velvety.
95 points Wine Advocate (originally 92-94): "Possessing the highest percentage of Merlot ever for the cuvee (at least until the 2015), the 2014 Clos de Betz is 71% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Petit Verdot that's just under half from Red Mountain fruit and the rest from Columbia Valley sites. Notes of cassis, licorice, damp herbs, chocolate and earth all flow to a medium to full-bodied, supple, elegant and incredibly polished 2014 that needs 2-3 years of bottle age and will keep for 10-15 years.
The inky colored 2014 Clos de Betz is certainly one of the top Merlot dominated wines in Washington state."
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