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2010 Betz Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Pere de Famille Columbia Valley
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About Betz Family Vineyards

At Betz Family Cellars, Bob Betz makes some of Washington's richest and most complete red wines from Bordeaux varieties. His success extends to Syrahs as well; these are at once silky, highly concentrated and wild -- and, along with those of Cayuse, more Rhône-like in style than any others in Washington State.

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2010 Betz Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Pere de Famille Columbia Valley

Producer: Betz Family Vineyards
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Cabernet Sauvignon
Origin: Washington
Region: Columbia Valley

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94(+?) Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2012

(86% cabernet sauvignon, 6% petit verdot and 8% merlot):  Bright red-ruby.  High-pitched aromas of blackberry, redcurrant, dried mint and thyme.  Densely packed, tactile and sweet but youthfully bound-up, with brisk acidity giving terrific cut and precision to the wine's dark fruit and spearmint flavors.  Finishes with strong tannic spine and a terrific structure for aging.  As young as this cabernet is, with its inner-mouth perfume it's showier today than the Clos de Betz.  I'd wait at least five years on this one.  Interestingly, Bob Betz told me that the latest pickers got prunes in 2010 waiting for their pHs to go up and acids to come down.  "Still, October saved the vintage," he added.  (The 2009 Pere de Famille, which I rated 93(+?) last year, had gained in fullness and pliancy with another year in bottle, and merited 94 points.  But the 2010 should show an even more eventful evolution in bottle.)

91 Points | Wine Spectator
95+ Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon built its reputation on Bordeaux's Left Bank. Here, in the district of Medoc, the varietal is the key component of blended wines that also may include some Merlot and Cabernet Franc, and even Malbec and Petit Verdot. Moving slightly south, Cabernet Sauvignon meets Merlot in roughly equal proportions in the red wines of Graves. In both of these Bordeaux regions, the top bottles...
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