Wine Region: Washington, USA
Grape: 63% Merlot, 22% Petit Verdot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon
2015 Clos de Betz offers the highest percentage of Merlot for this wine to date, at 75%. More often the final blend contains closer to 65% Merlot, and the higher than normal percentage reflects our success with the variety this vintage. The wine’s color shows the additional Merlot with shades of ruby red and plum.
The aromas of 2015 Clos de Betz lead with spices of cardamom and five-spice. Red fruit aromas of black cherry, pomegranate, and raspberry flavors are complimented by cedar and sassafras notes. A very long Malolactic fermentation, which lasted into April, endowed our Merlot lots with unusually silky textures. The integration of tannins has lent this notable finish.
95/100 Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
“The 2015 Clos de Betz is a blend of 75% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Petit Verdot. Offering up aromas of blackcurrants, crème de cassis, licorice, incense and rich soil tones, it's full-bodied, layered and velvety, with super concentration and depth, fine-grained structuring tannins and a long, youthfully chewy finish. The structural refinement and detail are indicative of Betz's thoughtful approach to the challenges of the 2015 vintage.”
93+/100 Jeb Dunnuck
“Moving to the Bordeaux blends, the 2015 Clos de Betz is 75% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Petit Verdot. This medium to full-bodied, nicely textured, elegant 2015 gives up lots of plum, chocolate, leafy herbs, and wet rock-like aromas and flavors. It’s going to drink nicely on release.”
93/100 James Suckling
“An abundance of toasty oak spices and meaty, barrel-derived complexity, as well as aromas of ripe mulberries and red to dark plums. The palate has layers of swanky modern complexity and nicely cut fleshy fruits. A full and silky finish. Very good wine. A blend of 75% merlot, 15% cabernet sauvignon and 10% petit verdot. Drink or hold.”
About the Winery
Since the first vintage in 1997 they've had a single minded goal of crafting compelling wines with individual character that are approachable and ageworthy, and which showcase Washington as a distinguished wine region of the world. By carving out specific vineyard blocks and being meticulous in the vineyard and cellar they are able to achieve the quality they aspire to. As importantly over the years their winery culture has become a way of life in which everyone - the growers, winery team and customers are family.
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