juicy with a lot of energy makes this wine irresistible. There is a sweet black currant note throughout along with darker notes of espresso. Some sweeter plums show up and ultimately the fruit wins out over the more savory notes, but not by much. This will age gracefully, but I will likely drink my last bottle within the year as this was very good.
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(Betz Family Winery Clos de Betz) #1; COLOR-dark; NOSE-beautiful nose; almost Bordeaux-like (Pomerol); chalky; tobacco; good red fruit; PALATE-this wine really speaks to me; EXTREMELY smooth; really Bordeaux-like meaning it's not over-dominated by fruit -- there is great red fruit (cranberry, raspberry); there is a savory component with the sour fruit (rhubarb); almost like a soy sauce with minerality; very long finish; one of the better mid-palates that I've seen in a very long time; this connects the dots perfectly; nice long finish; chalkiness; chocolate; I'm a HUMONGOUS fan of this wine; at $40 bones, one of the better values; a complex backbone and structure; ST-93; WE-93; JM-94; GV-94
(Betz Family Winery Clos de Betz Columbia Valley) Brilliantly colored. Aromatic with toast, smoke, and oak spices along with an underlayer of black fruit. Shows a little bit of heat at times on the nose. On the taste, pure, rich black cherry fruit along with silky tannins. 62% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Malbec, 5% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot. Fruit is 39% Red Mountain, 33% Horse Heaven Hills, and 28% Yakima Valley (Ciel du Cheval, Kiona vineyards, Alder Ridge, and Red Willow vineyards). Aged 17 months in French barriques (65% new). 14.7% alcohol. Give 2-3 years.
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