Betz Pere de Familie 2011



The blackcurrant, plum and black cherry perfumes of fully developed Cabernet are enhanced by floral notes, dried thyme, anise and vanilla oak aromas. A sturdy wine, tenacious and promising of long cellar potential, it opens with creamy integration to an elegant, long finish.

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 Pere de Familie 2011
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