Betz Untold Story Red Blend 2018

Betz Untold Story Red Blend 2018

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92 points Wine Enthusiast, Editors' Choice: "An aromatic tour de force, with appealing aromas of bay leaf, black cherry, smoked meat, blueberry, dark coffee, dried herb and spice showing complexity and detail. It's rich but well in-check, with focused fruit flavors following, supported by a tight coil of tannins. It's a classy, and classically Washington, wine that will only get better with a bit of time in the cellar or a short decant."

The uncommon story of Washington wine is as riveting as it is delicious. In the barren, windswept mountains of Eastern Washington where no one could imagine a world-class wine region, a close community of innovative farmers had a different vision.  They saw 300+ days of crystalline light, with hours of additional sunshine compared to its neighbors to the South…grapevine fuel for bold color, aroma, rich flavor and texture. The glacier-clad mountains to the West protected valleys of poor sandy soil from Pacific storms, creating a unique and harshly-dry locale at once well-drained and remarkably disease-resistant. The crisp, cool nights of this semi-arid region could preserve freshness in a way that was difficult to achieve in the New World.

There was a problem, however. Nothing was there. Little existed on those parched slopes besides tumbleweeds and craggy boulders. Undeterred, and contrary to sensible advice, these pioneers banded together and pushed the envelope of what was considered possible, let alone profitable. United by their common purpose and belief, they cleared sagebrush, dug through dry riverbeds, harnessed the mighty Columbia River and developed a spirit of camaraderie unseen amongst the well-known giants of the wine world. 

Untold Story is our homage to these vinous trailblazers. It’s their spirit that drives us, their example of looking past what’s normal to find what might be possible. One of the most exciting cuvées that we blend each year, Untold Story incorporates a wider range of barrels and varietal combinations than any of our other wines. But the goal is simple: to make a wine that embodies Washington at its most delicious: vibrant fruit, mouthwatering freshness, beautiful texture and savory complexity.


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