Betz Family Winery Père de Famille Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
|Region||United States, Washington, Columbia Valley|
|Brand||Betz Family Winery|
The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Père de Famille is drinking beautifully, offering up a very Bordelais bouquet of pencil lead, dark berries, truffle, cigar smoke and rich soil. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, layered and richly savory, with lots of concentration, fine structuring tannins and a long, gravelly finish. From an underrated vintage (at least for conscientious producers), this is a wine well worth seeking out.
(blended with 9% petit verdot and 3% merlot): Good bright red-ruby. Musky red berries, licorice, thyme, rosemary and pepper on the scented nose. Creamy-sweet, suave and deep but at the same time precise and youthful, offering lovely perfumed flavors of red berries, cocoa powder (from the Taransaud oak?) and anise. Very intensely flavored cabernet with terrific lift and aromatic persistence and remarkably suave, dusty tannins. Betz describes 2011 as a year with lower total polyphenols, higher acidity and lower pHs than 2010.
Soft, velvety and medium-weight, with pretty currant fruit weaving through the smoky, licorice-accented finish. Deft and persistent. Drink now through 2017. 1,350 cases made.