Washington Wine Club – April 2007

2004 Betz Family Winery, Bordeaux Releases
This is getting to be a pattern. We’ve been featuring the new Betz releases several springs running, but we sure haven’t heard anyone complaining. Master of Wine, Bob Betz, continues to craft well-balanced, age-worthy wines, year after year, and those of you who’ve been in the club for a while should have a pretty impressive vertical going by now. We only got two cases of each of these, so there is only a tiny bit left. The winery is completely sold out. We should be getting a few magnums of each in pretty soon, though, so keep your eyes open for those.

The 2004 Clos de Betz is 60% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petite Verdot and 4% Malbec sourced from four different AVAs: Red Mountain, Horse Heaven, Yakima Valley and Frenchman Hills. This is a richer, more serious wine than past releases and could be the most ageworthy Clos de Betz yet. The little bit left is $37.25.

The 2004 Père de Famille is 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Malbec, 8% Merlot, 3% Petite Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc, all sourced from Red Mountain (Ciel du Cheval and Klipsun Vineyards) and the Horse Heaven Hills (Alder Ridge Vineyard). It will cellar well for years to come. This one is $49.75.