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Library Vintages

A blend of the best elements of the new and the old worlds; wines of dimension and pleasure, wines that allow the character of Washington to shine through.

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2006 Clos de Betz, Blend

During the months of barrel aging and evolution we began referring to the 2006 Clos de Betz as the “black hole” wine, somewhat for its color, but more for the character of its fruit: black, blue and a little red. Black cherry, kirsch, blueberry, plum, espresso and bitter chocolate. With barrel aging it took on an added creaminess to soften a massive mouthfeel, yet it retains a vibrant, intense personality.

The reason, we think, is in not “dumbing down” the Merlot fraction (47% of the blend) to just a smooth, pleasant quaffer. By focusing on low yields, careful fermentation and maturation techniques and not over-oaking, Merlot can achieve a deep pure fruit expression. Blending with selected barrels of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Malbec created a complex, complete wine, with a depth and power beyond previous vintages. Perhaps we like calling it the “black hole” wine because of the way it draws us in and doesn’t let go.

Blending Detail and Aging Profile

Blending Detail:

  • 47% Merlot
  • 30% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 13% Cabernet Franc
  • 10% Malbec

AVA & Vineyard Detail:

  • 41% Horse Heaven Hills
  • 31% Yakima Valley
  • 28% Red Mountain

 

Acclaim

Wine Advocate (Robert Parker) 


“…Purple/black in color, it reveals a fragrant nose of pain grille, pencil lead, scorched earth, black cherry, blackberry, and plum. This leads to a smooth-textured, intense, layered wine with superb depth and concentration…” 93 points