Betz Family Winery

Betz Family Winery

For all our readers we will now be bringing you two regular weekly full profiles from the 11 & and upcoming 12th editions of Wine behind the label with our ratings. This should give you an excellent idea of what you can enjoy when purchasing a full guide. Here David Moore profiles the Betz Family Winery in Washington State.

Betz Family Winery (Washington State)

This is one of Washington States finest red wine producers with exemplary Bordeaux and Rhône styles both made. Wines are sourced from a number of vineyards throughout the Colmbia Valley including Horse Heaven Hills, Red Mountain, Snipes Mountain as well as the Yakima Valley. Among the Rhône styles the Besoleil Red is Grenache based and offers great value and also includes Counoise, Cinsault, Syrah and Mourvèdre. There are also a number of Syrahs made. La Serenne comes from higher altitudes and with sufficient ripeness is ofter vinified with whole bunches. La Cote Rousse is a dark, spicy and brooding red of impressive depth. A Réserve du Soleil based in the main on Mourvèdre as well as a further premium Syrah, La Côte Rousse are also made.

An important vineyard source for Betz the Yakima Valley Boushey Vineyard

Some equally fine Bordeaux reds are also made. Cuvée Frangin is a supple and approachable combination of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Syrah, the Syrah of course being the odd man out but who cares. Clos de Betz is a rich, dense and opulent Right Bank blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvigon but gets around a fifth of Petit Verdot which lends further definition and structure. The Père de Famille is dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon, providing a wine of dark black fruits, backgound hints of cassis and impressive density and concentartion. Ageing is in all new French barrels. All the wines will continue to develop for a minimum of five years in bottle. (DM)

The wines

Recommended Reds:

Père de Famille Columbia Valley ★★★★★ £F
Clos de Betz Columbia Valley ★★★★★ £F
Cuvée Frangin Columbia Valley ★★★★ £E
Syrah La Côte Rousse Red Mountain ★★★★★ £F
Syrah La Serenne Boushey Vineyard Yakima Valley ★★★★✩ £F
Besoleil Red Columbia Valley ★★★★ £E

Ownership and Contact

Betz family

13244 Woodinville-Redmond Rd NE, Redmond, WA 98052

Tel: 425 861 9823 Fax: 425 861 9853



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