Bottle Notes, Cabernet Sauvignon

2005 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 many 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.

Purple in color. 14.5% ABV. Reticent nose of currants, plums and leather. Big, plush and smooth. Full bodied and very approachable. Black cherry, cassis, licorice and graphite on the palate. Tremendous length on the finish with super silky tannins. Some vintages of Betz seem like they will age for decades but this bottle is just in a great place right now. No rush but 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. The 2017 vintage will be released to the mailing list next Spring and should be available at retail. I’m a buyer.

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