Betz Family Winery Clos de Betz 2013

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Betz Family Winery Clos de Betz 2013

SKU 4083


n the glass, the 2013 Clos de Betz displays a deep ruby hue, but the real excitement begins with the aromatics: black cherry, damson plum, and cocoa bean lead the charge, while leather, tobacco, sage, and truffle all show up with time in the glass. The palate offers merlot's weight and density, yet faithfully expresses the freshness and detail of the vintage. This is further enhanced by the highest percentage ever of Petit Verdot in this blend (20%): dried thyme and pencil lead nuances add stunning complexity. This vintage of Clos de Betz reminds me of a classic, warmer, Right Bank wine, with both readiness and structure, and notable cellaring capacity.
Category Red Wine
Region United States, Washington, Columbia Valley
Brand Betz Family Winery
Alcohol/vol 14.3%
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Wine AdvocateThe only other 2013 reviewed on this go around (most were reviewed last year), the 2013 Clos de Betz checks in as a blend of 63% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 22% Petit Verdot, mostly from Red Mountain and Yakima Valley, that spent 19 months in French oak. Sexy, supple, perfumed and beautifully complex, with notes of currants, dried flowers and an almost garrigue like perfume, this full-bodied beauty is already impossible to resist, yet will absolutely cruise for another 10-15 years.

Jeb Dunnuck, June 2016
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Wine SpectatorFirm in texture, featuring peppery overtones to the black cherry and raspberry fruit. Medium-weight, with the flavors gliding against the nubby finish and lingering well. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Best from 2017 through 2022. 1,000 cases made.

Harvey Steiman, October 15, 2016
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Wine EnthusiastThis wine is a blend of Merlot (63%), a whopping 22% Petit Verdot and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon. Aromas of smoke, cedar, dried herbs, licorice, pencil lead, crushed flowers and red and black berries are followed by soft, plump fruit flavors. It brings an undeniable warm vintage appeal but with a compelling sense of elegance and balance.

Sean Sullivan, July 1, 2016