Betz Family Cabernet Sauvignon Père de Famille, 88 points

Drank right at opening. Light purple and brownish on the edge. The nose was chocolate ganache and raspberries with vanilla and cedar. The nose petered away in about 20 min. The palate was balanced with chocolate, red preserves, vanilla, cedar. The finish is great, black and red fruit, tobacco. I think this wine will really shine in a few years. Nice overall.

Frim their site:  http://www.betzfamilywinery.com/ourwines/index.php?year=2006

Achieving a final blend for any of our wines takes me months; trial blends, barrel by barrel, are made “in the lab”, assessed and recorded. Starting with a blank slate for each blend helps keep things focused on the completeness of flavor, mouthfeel, complexity and balance. We were somewhat surprised when the final blend for the 2006 Père de Famille was almost identical to the 2005, within 0.5% for any of the four varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec
The blend yielded a wine of serious proportion, lush and silky structure, and a complex tangle of fruit, spice and wood notes. There’s a deep core of black currant, with plum and black cherry beneath, then the sweet pipe tobacco, black olive and sandalwood set in. It’s full bodied, with a fundamental grip of tannin for longevity (79% of the fruit comes from Red Mountain), but a lifted and plush texture (composed of equal parts from the Horse Heaven Hills and Yakima Valley).
84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec
79% Red Mountain, 10.5% Horse Heaven Hills, 10.5% Yakima Valley
The Wine Advocate (Parker) reviewed the 2006 about 3 months after bottling and had this to say: “…Opaque purple, the wine has a brooding nose of wood smoke, earth notes, mineral, spice box, black cherry, and blackberry. This is followed by a layered, opulent wine with superb depth and concentration…” 95 points
Decanted about 1/2 hour prior to dinner with peppered Tenderloins. Purple-garnet to the edge, my first impression of the nose was chocolate ganache and raspberries. An hour+ in and I am lost in the nose, this is like falling asleep face down in a Sacher Torte; bitter chocolate, red preserves, vanilla, cedar. The finish is great, black and red fruit, tobacco, meat, and more. Nice tannins that will hold it a while, definitely has balance to age for several years.

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