Betz Clos de Betz 2011



The Clos de Betz name is a pun on Clos de Bèze. Bob and now wife Cathy worked a harvest in Clos de Bèze in the early 1970s and Bob told Cathy that, if she "stuck" with him, there would be a Clos de Betz one day. 27 years later, when they made the inaugural vintage of Betz Family's Right-Bank blend, Bob made a label, saying, "Here you go, I promised." They both had a good laugh, and Clos de Betz was born. The additional hang-time of 2011 led to a supple mouthfeel, characterful aromas and fine depth of flavour. The wine displays ripe black cherry, mocha and wood spice with emerging aromas of cherry, dark plum and cocoa powder, while the palate softens to a harmonious, creamy texture.

The grapes for this wine come from vineyards located in the eastern Yakima Valley, but primarily on Red Mountain. At 325-400 metres elevation, the windy site has excellent drainage and a steep, south-eastern aspect. Soils are composed of Hezel sandy loam, silt loam and ancient riverbed. The area is very dry, with just 12cm of annual rainfall.

The 2011 vintage in Washington's Columbia Valley started off cool for the second year in a row through most of July. But as August arrived, bringing temperatures between 25 and 32°C, the berries were forced to ripen. Autumn carried on the work August had started and surprisingly the warmest temperatures came in late September.

The fruit was placed into open top fermenters where it remained for six to eight days. The must then went into a basket press before the wine went into barrel for malolactic fermentation. The declassified barrels are from the same vineyard sources as the core wines, all selected at blending. The wine was allowed to age for 12 months in 20% new French oak.

67% Merlot
28% Cabernet Franc
5% Petit Verdot

14% abv

Betz Clos de Betz 2011
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