Bottle Notes, Cabernet Sauvignon

2010 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, Kiona, Red Willow and Alder Ridge Vineyards.

Purple in color. 14.1% ABV. Brooding nose of black fruits, scorched earth and creosote. Full bodied with dark fruits and impressive concentration. Black cherry, cassis, currants and earth on the palate. There is a hint green and silky tannins on the long finish. Approachable now but also a Cabernet Sauvignon built for the long haul. Best over the next 5-7 years.

My rating: 91 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 was released to the mailing list this past Spring and should be available at retail.

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