Betz "Pere de Famille" Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 (Columbia Valley, Washington) - [RP 94] [ST 93+] [WS 92] [WE 91]

Betz "Pere de Famille" Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
(Columbia Valley, Washington) - [RP 94] [ST 93+] [WS 92] [WE 91]

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Notes from the Winemaker:
In 2013, the combination of above average heat, and cool nighttime temperatures resulted in rich textures combined with the life preserving acidity we value so much for freshness.

Just as we finished picking the Merlot blocks, the weather cooled down. This cooling slowed down the ripening for Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot: the extra time on the vine brought complexity and character to both varieties. The cooler weather also preserved the vital acidity of the grape and freshness in the wines, while allowing the tannin to ripen further. The result is a wonderfully integrated mouth feel, layers of fruit, with tension and dramatic length. The high percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon (89%) gives the 2013 Père de Famille a vibrant, ruby - purple hue. The breadth of aromatics is exciting, ex pressed as red currant, blackberry blossom, crushed herbs, and leather, with creamy bay leaf, thyme and star anise notes.

The palate is dense and penetrating, offers an elegant, vibrant structure, with a finish that reflects red fruits and spice. This vintage of Père de Famille is quite unique, with the readiness of a warm vintage, but the aromatics and aging ability of a cool growing season.

89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot

Ratings & Reviews

94 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"A cuvee that continues to become more and more Cabernet Sauvignon dominated (Bob Betz loves Cabernet and think it’s the top grape of Washington), the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Pere de Famille (89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot) is utterly seamless and elegant. It is full-bodied and open, with forward notes of cassis, crushed flowers, red currants and licorice. Where the 2014s are more exuberant and dense, this 2013 excels on its pretty, pure and overall elegant style. Drink it anytime over the coming 15+ years." - Jeb Dunnuck (29th Jun 2016)

93+ Points - Stephen Tanzer:
"Dark ruby. Aromas and flavors of blackcurrant, minerals, violet and bitter chocolate. A wine of outstanding finesse, showing great cut and lift but also a wonderfully supple texture. (Bob Betz feels that the effect of the Pulsair treatment is clear in this wine's dimension and weight on the palate.) Finishes with utterly refined, nearly invisible tannins But this wine is still quite backward and will need serious cellaring to fully express itself." - Stephen Tanzer (July 2015)

92 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"Firm and juicy, with spicy blueberry and currant flavors playing against a prickly texture. The bright flavors linger effectively and persistently. Best from 2017 through 2023. 1,000 cases made." - HS (Dec 15, 2016)

91 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine:
"Aromas of dried herb, bay leaf, spice, dried flowers and dark fruit are followed by tart, spritely cranberry and cherry flavors. It possesses a real sense of freshness and elegance." - Sean P. Sullivan (7/1/2016)