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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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2012 Clos de Betz, Bordeaux Blend

The 2012 Clos de Betz opens with the “wow” color of the vintage: an inky black red core with a striking magenta edge, reflecting the deep sense of ripeness achieved that year.  This concentration of color introduces a profound aromatic impression, a breadth of black cherry, black
currant and plums; its Washington Merlot foundations shining through.  A litany of supporting notes then kicks in to create the real charm of this wine: bay leaf, anise, crushed wet stones, flowers and vanilla cream construct a stunning aromatic impression.

Merlot’s dominance in the blend takes center stage on the mid-palate, with a deep, textural fullness.  It’s the weight of this wine which impresses most, with a depth and breadth that envelop the palate and linger for a long finish. Vibrant black and red fruits abound, while Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot that complete the blend add anise, bay leaf and underbrush to the palate.  Because of the vintage the wine shows attractive up-front development, but don’t be too hasty: a long cellar life awaits.

Blending Detail and Aging Profile

Blending Detail:

  • 67% Merlot
  • 27% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 6% Petit Verdot

Barrel Program:

  • 100% French oak barrels
  • 65% new
  • 35% one fill (one year neutralized oak), for 16 months

Aging Profile:

  • Best from 2025- 2050

    Serve cool, 60-62°F


AVA & Vineyard Detail:

Columbia Valley


Wine Enthusiast: 94pts

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: 93-95pts (barrel tasting)

"Tasted as a barrel sample and Betz's take on a right bank Bordeaux, the 2012 Clos de Betz is 67% Merlot, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the balance Petit Verdot. Inky-purple in color (has anyone seen a Betz wine not inky purple?), it offers impressive cassis, plum liqueur, spring flowers and underbrush-style aromas and flavors to go with a mouth filling, layered and voluptuous style on the palate. I love the mid-palate here, and the tannin builds through the finish, so, while it should have plenty of up front appeal it should also evolve for 15+ years." Jeb Dunnuck