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Betz Pere de Famille Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

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Between this and Betz's Heart of the Hill, you have the two best Washington Cabernets I've tasted in the last 12 months, or more. I got misty-eyed tasting it -- how could there be so much power and muscle with such elegance, beauty and restraint?! (again, we're talking 13.6% alcohol) To have this depth but to float, to be so velvety and so pure...I'm getting misty again. Black berries and black cherries, tobacco, bay leaf, sweet baking spices enveloped me before the cassis and graphite reverberated through the sensual finish. The tannins are managed and integrated perfectly -- perfectly. The freshness and energy makes it utterly tantalizing as a wine to open now and enjoy over a few days; the structure politely requests a cellar nap, from two to twenty years. - Marcus

97 points JebDunnuck.com: "This inky colored effort is packed and stacked, with deep blackberry and currant fruits intermixed with lots of graphite, crushed rock, and minerals as well as smoky, violets aromas and flavors. This full-bodied beauty has gorgeous purity and elegance. It needs 2-4 years of bottle age and will keep for two decades."

Also, 94-97 points Wine Advocate.

2014 vintage notes

97 points Wine Advocate: "A cellar selection from different sites in the Columbia Valley, 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.

One of the reference-point estates in Washington is unquestionably Betz Family Winery. Bob Betz still takes a leading role, but the day to day winemaking is more and more being taken up by Louis Skinner, who’s taken up the helm brilliantly. In 2015, the estate made use of an optical sorter to eliminate raisins, and the wines show more freshness and focus, with a touch less voluptuousness and breadth. The 2014s were sensational across the board. Anyone interested in Washington State wines, or just high-quality wines for that matter, owe it to themselves to try these!"

We had the distinct pleasure to taste the new 2014 Betz wines. Having tasted every vintage at release since 2002, we believe this to be the strongest and most attractive vintage we've tasted.

95 points Stephen Tanzer: "Discreet, very pure aromas of cassis and black cherry complicated by mineral, spice and floral nuances. Highly concentrated and savory, conveying a 3-D texture as well as terrific definition to its flavors of black cherry, saline minerality and dried herbs. Wonderfully elegant, energetic, flavorful wine with real eclat. Really saturates the palate with flavor without leaving any impression of weight." 

2013 vintage notes

94 points Wine Advocate: "A cuvee that continues to become more and more Cabernet Sauvignon dominated (Bob Betz loves Cabernet and think it’s the top grape of Washington), the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Pere de Famille (89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot) is utterly seamless and elegant. It is full-bodied and open, with forward notes of cassis, crushed flowers, red currants and licorice. Where the 2014s are more exuberant and dense, this 2013 excels on its pretty, pure and overall elegant style. Drink it anytime over the coming 15+ years. While there's a long history of terrific wines from this estate, I think they've hit another level in the past few vintages, and these latest releases show a purity, elegance and textural quality not found in early bottlings. I'm sure this is in part due to the creation of a second wine, and even a stricter selection for all of the top cuvees. In short, don't miss a chance to try these wines.

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