Betz Clos de Betz 2014 | Double 95 pointer | Parkers Top WA Winemaker
94WA | Deep ruby color giving way to blackberry-fruit-infused aromas tinged with cola nut. On entry, briary cassis notes are layered with black licorice, black olive, and black licorice. Smoky tar, Turkish coffee, pine needle and creamy oak on the back end. Plush texture throughout, showcasing angular tannins that are starting to soften up on the finish. Accessible now, but with backbone and grip to cellar easily for another 5-10 years. Drink Betz Clos de Betz 2014 now to 2028
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95RP | Possessing the highest percentage of Merlot ever for the cuvee (at least until the 2015). The Betz Clos de Betz 2014 is 71% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Petit Verdot. While that’s just under half from Red Mountain fruit and the rest from Columbia Valley sites. Notes of cassis, licorice, damp herbs, chocolate and earth all flow to a medium to full-bodied, supple, elegant and incredibly polished 2014 that needs 2-3 years of bottle age and will keep for 10-15 years.
95JD | Including the highest percentage of Merlot ever, the Betz Clos de Betz 2014 checks in as 71% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the balance Petit Verdot. It offers a beautiful bouquet of cassis, licorice, violets, and earthy, herbal notes as well as a medium to full-bodied, incredibly elegant style on the palate. It’s tight and closed, yet has remarkable purity and depth. Give bottles 2-3 years of bottle age.
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The Betz Clos de Betz 2014 is incredibly juicy and supple, pure and deep, offering “a beautiful bouquet of cassis, licorice, violets, and earthy, herbal notes,” as Jeb Dunnuck wrote. Velvety tannins, which are just beginning to soften, provide a sturdy frame that will allow this gorgeous wine to improve for years in bottle. Once it’s in your cellar, dividends will be paid to the patient.
Master of Wine Bob Betz | Washington’s Greatest winemaker
Master of Wine Bob Betz is unquestionably Washington’s greatest winemaker. In the last 13 years, Betz’ offerings have notched scores between 95-98 points an impressive 32 times. Robert Parker has called the Betz portfolio, “The best wines in Washington state. Adding “While there’s a long history of terrific wines from this estate, I think they’ve hit another level in the past few vintages. And these latest releases show a purity, elegance and textural quality not found in early bottlings.” Case in point is the 2014 Betz Clos de Betz Red Wine, which tied the highest-ever rating for this cuvée with matching 95-point scores from Wine Advocate and Jeb Dunnuck. The Advocate called the 2014 Clos de Betz, “supple, elegant and incredibly polished,” while Dunnuck added, “remarkable purity and depth.” Any way you slice it, this is a winner. 30 cases up for grabs. Shipping included on 2.