Our winemaking starts in the vineyard: over the last 18 years, we have partnered with a small collection of select growers in specific vineyards to source fruit to meet our quality and stylistic goals. In each vineyard, we collaborate with our growers on specific varieties in specific geographical sites, each identified for its specific combination of soils, aspect, sunlight, and temperatures.
Vintage after vintage we work with our growers on the best practices to yield the highest quality grapes we can for that given season. We share common goals, and a work ethic and meticulous attention to detail that satisfies us both. Whether it is pruning, thinning, changing the canopy or varying the vine nutrition, we work side by side to get the best results.
Harvest decisions are made by the ripeness of fruit, sensory analysis, and the weather. From year to year decisions are driven by both flavor and physical maturity. We are looking for the moment where the flavors and balance of the grape hit a maturity level that can support a healthy fermentation.
Once the best clusters are handpicked, pre-sorted and brought to the winery, there are numerous pre-crush analyses. Starting in the lab and finishing with a sensory and visual examination every bin is analyzed and recorded. Every lot of fruit receives this treatment, which becomes the driving force of our crush/fermentation decisions. Using an optical sorter and a winemaker friendly cellar we are able to process our wine 100% by a gravity flow process. This not only reduces the risk of added seed tannin but in general is gentler on the wine.
From start to finish our fermentations are effective and efficient, paying close attention to phenolic (tannin) development and never forgetting that everything we do affects the final product. Our palate is our strongest tool!
Once our wines are ready for pressing we pull all of the free-run wine and lightly press the skins. Not directed by computer programs or volume goals, our press decisions are guided by our palate. By constantly tasting the wine during the press cycle we start these young wines on a healthy pathway to the future.
Every drop of wine made here is matured only in French oak barrels. The tight grain, supple yet bold tannin notes that come from the forests of central France are the oak characteristics that compliment the fruits we receive from our vineyards.
From fermentation to the barrel and finally, to bottle our goal is to stay true to our ideologies. Our sanitation process, the usability of our winery, attention to detail and sensory analysis are a few of the tools we incorporate into our daily routine. Strict winemaking, cellar, and lab practices drive our goals of making the best wine we can. The art and science of winemaking is a continuous learning adventure, again we look at the law of cause and effect. We make our decisions based on the science of the lab and the outcomes of what has proven effective. The true balance of winemaking is achieved when science and art collide creating a bottle of wine well worth drinking.
Matured in 100% French oak barrels from seven of the top Coopers in the world. Each barrel is its own wine and we rack and return back into the same barrel using a painstaking gravity process.
We get to know the quality and character of each barrel over several months before it is even considered to be part of our flagship wines.
Once the best barrels are selected we spend several months making each wine. We taste five blends at a time double-blind, using triple-digit random numbers to ensure no bias.
Each flight we select a top wine from the five and then construct another four blends around that for the next tasting. This process continues for several months until we eventually choose the final wine.
This is the essence of what sets Betz Family apart and why we need to be a limited production winery.
Our wines are built to age for many years but can be enjoyed upon release. We suggest that a bottle of wine under 5 years of age is double decanted to ensure the aromas and flavor are unleashed for your full enjoyment.
Our wines should be served between 62 to 65 degrees F. In general red wines are drunk too warm and white wines too cold.