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.
Dark crimson in color. 14.7% ABV. Savory nose of dark fruits, tobacco and roasted herbs. Full bodied with exceptional acidity. Big and brooding while maintaining a sense of approachability. Currants, cassis, coffee and dark chocolate on the palate. Tremendous length on the finish. One of the best bottles of Pere de Famille in recent memory. This will drink well for another 3-5 years.
My rating: 94 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 this Spring and should be available at retail.