It's been 2 years since the last bottle. Let's see where we are....Nose not that expressive. Cassis and light vanilla. A little hot, fruit forward but medium bodied. Think still too early (makes my mags like a 2025 event!) and maybe I am hoping for more from this than it will ever give. Once agin not the depth and structure I hoped for from a 2010...if I was blinding this I would have called it a good 2011... 2014 notes still stand. Needs more time for alcohol to calm down.
This wine needs 1-2 more years in the bottle, but you can tell it's going to be a really fine wine in the 94-95 point category when it gets there. Really smooth with an effortless finish. However, it did need considerable decanting time in order for it to properly open up. It's still fairly closed.
Really great stuff could age a bit more to integrate but just really nice stuff. Would like a larger nose but the flavor profile is elegant and refined for a big cab and it lingers for minutes very long
Double decanted and followed over several hours. Still very "green" and needs some time - probably 4+ years. Agree with the comments below about liquor like quality. Good structure but a little tart and missing the full body richness of most betz wines.
I usually love Betz cabs, but I was a little disappointed by this one. Decanted for an hour. The wine had a liquor-like quality, with currant and blackberry flavors along with tobacco and a fair amount of soft oak. Not a lot of acid. Overall it was pleasant but lacked the richness, depth, and overall yumminess that I have come to expect from these wines.
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(Betz Family Winery Pere de Famille Red Wine Columbia Valley) The Petit Verdot really pops on this wine right now with freshly tilled soil and violets along with mineral, chocolate, herbal notes, pencil shavings, and a medley of red and black fruit on this aromatically complex wine. There is incredible delineation between the varieties here. The palate is arresting with fresh, layered fruit flavors with a mouthfeel with volume, weight and intensity. A wow wine. Nothing short of an accomplishment and as fine as I have had from the winery to date. 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot. 73% Red Mountain (Ciel du Cheval, Kiona, Klipsun), 21% Horse Heaven Hills (Alder Ridge), and 6% Yakima Valley (Red Willow). Aged in French oak (65% new). 14.1% alcohol.
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