Nearly 5 years since I first tried this, and it still showed some youth. Delicious dark currants and blackberry were complemented by underlying cocoa. Some oak and tannin were present on the palate but not obtrusive at all. Overall, had that signature Betz power and grace balance. Nice.
Decanted 3 hrs. This 8 year old Betz cab drinks very young and spry, full of smoky sweet cassis fruit and sage leaves. While the tannin structure is very smooth and seamless, the overall impression is of both power and grace. The sheer density of the wine clearly demonstrates this is unapologetically of WA State vs. that of say a Bordeaux, and I mean that as a complement. Certainly drinking well, but I suspect this still has a lot of upswing. Very conservative on the 93 score as I'm even better days are ahead.
A great wine at a perfect time-I agree with previous rating that the bottle is showing very well now. After an 1 hour decant-exhibits a nose of crushed black berries and supple spice. The palate is expansive with the crushed berries and a unique loamy minerality. There is great integration of subtle tannins, expressive fruit, and progressive spice. Long finish with a 'elegant' demeanor.
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(Betz Family Winery Pere de Famille Columbia Valley) Seductive aromatics of graphite, blackberries, char, spice, and high-toned fruit. Considerably more brooding and aromatically closed up than the Clos at present. On the palate, dark and chewy with exceptionally well integrated, fine grained tannins. As with the Clos, a beautiful demonstration of grace and power, with this wine in particular showing an incredible amount of grace. A lay-me-downer. Give three plus years. 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, 5% Merlot. Red Mountain (70%), Horse Heaven Hills (23%), and Yakima Valley (7%). 14.6% alcohol. About 900 cases produced.
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