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2010 Betz Family Winery US Red Blend "Clos de Betz"

Winery: Betz Family Winery

Vintage: 2010

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Clos de Betz"

Wine Category: US Red Blend

Grape blend: 58% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, & 7% Petit Verdot

Region: Columbia Valley

State or country: WA

Price: $55

Cases produced: 800

KWG Score: 94 (based on 3 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (92)

Review date: August 28, 2013

Wine Review: This dark ruby colored red blend from Washington State was well received by our mini-tasting group. It opens with a mild earth and ripe black cherry bouquet with a hint of milk chocolate. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, slightly acidic, fruit forward, and very easy to drink. The flavor profile is a tasty blueberry and boysenberry blend with a hint of minerality and a touch of oak, cocoa, and plum. It was pretty complex. The finish is dry and it moderate and friendly tannins are pleasantly prolonged. Our group thought this wine would pair well with beef bourguignon. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: My tasting notes reflect an on-going satisfaction at the sense of complete ripeness for a cooler vintage: thank you, Washington Merlot. It enters very supple and plush, with a jolt of black cherry and red berries that stays true to the aroma. Dried herbs, chocolate and a touch of smoky oak play supporting roles. The finish dances with a combination of refined tannin and vibrant fruit, the signs of a successful future in the cellar.

Organic status: not organic

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