Bottle Notes, Cabernet Sauvignon

2004 Betz Family Cabernet Sauvignon Père de Famille – Bottle Notes

Betz Family Winery was founded in 1997 by Bob & Cathy Betz. Critical acclaim from local and national wine publications has put Betz Family Winery at the forefront of Washington wines alongside Cayuse, Leonetti and Quilceda Creek. The winery was sold to Steve and Bridget Griessel seven years ago. Louis Skinner, a longtime assistant of Bob’s, is now the full time Winemaker.

Predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from Ciel du Cheval, Klipsun and Alder Ridge Vineyards.

Crimson in color. Slight bricking. 14.5% ABV. Fantastic nose of black fruits, leather and cedar. Medium body with cascading dark fruits and firm tannins. Somewhat concentrated but certainly taking on some secondary characteristics. The wine can be monolithic even at 10 years of age but it is shining here 15 years in. Blackberry, currants, cassis, plums and tobacco on the palate. Tremendous length on the finish. Likely best over the next 2-3 years.

My rating: 93 points.

I understand the mailing list is full, although I suspect the wait isn’t too long. Fortunately, the wines from Betz are readily available all over Seattle almost year-round.

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