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.
Really enjoyed this. I have figured out that the best time to drink Betz' Cabernet is to wait about six years for the tannins to integrate with the fruit. This bottle was approachable (finally) and wonderful.
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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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