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Washington Red Blend
Red Blends account for much of the growing consumption of wine in the New World. Unrestricted by rules that exist in many Old World regions, here we are free to pair varieties that would make many European winemakers yelp, and bring new dimensions to our red wines.
Such is the role of Possibility in our portfolio, a wine that, to date, has been labelled Cuvee Frangin, a term that a French winemaker would use to describe his little brother’s wine; the name itself was tough to pronounce and the character of the wine was often overshadowed by the efforts to explain the name. We stepped away from the French term, with Possibility reflecting the opportunity for experimenting and thinking outside the box that comes with New World winemaking.
The 2015 Possibility is a nearly 60/40 blend of Bordeaux and Rhone red varieties. Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon are the foundations, with small amounts of Merlot and Petite Verdot blend for complexity and texture. These barrels were selected during our normal barrel by barrel reviews, not only for their inherent sensory qualities, but for how they would get along in the final blend. They went through the same barrel maturation as the Betz Family flagship wines; you sense the ample barrel time, in French oak barriques, with its slightly toasted, brown spice nuance. After a couple months of blending trials we were thrilled with the final blend.
The result is a wine of broad red and black fruit aromas, with some of Syrah’s roasted meat and saddle leather, and the dried thyme/anise/bay leaf complex integral to Cabernet Sauvignon. The undercurrent of black cherry and plum also points to its Bordeaux variety heritage. It’s soft and plush on the palate, with supple tannins: no rough edges demanding aging, the mouthfeel is round and fine-grained. It finishes balanced and expressive, a reflection of the inviting meaning of red blends today.
Robert Parker Wine Advocate:
".... It’s a smoking value in every vintage and offers medium to full-bodied notes of ripe herbs, tobacco, currants and licorice. Drink this rounded, impressively textured, pleasurebent beauty anytime over the coming 4-6 years.." - Jeb Dunnuck