Bottle Notes, Cabernet Sauvignon

2011 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. Savory nose of black fruits, coffee, plums and smoke. Full bodied with strong acidity. Pronounced tannins and less opulent than I would have hoped. Black cherry, currants, cassis and earth on the palate. Medium length on a somewhat angular finish. Clearly a by product of the challenging 2011 vintage. Ready to drink.

My rating: 89 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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