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2009 Betz Pere de Famille Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley 1.5 L RP--93

$119.95

Item Description: Base neck fill level

Tasting Notes

Robert Parker: 93 Points
More sweetly ripe and expansive if less energetic and slightly grainier than its 2010 counterpart, the Betz 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Pere de Famille incorporates what, for this blend, is a very typical 10% Petit Verdot and 8% Merlot. A pungent bite of juniper berry offers some counterpoint to creme de cassis and mocha on a darkly rich mid-palate, leading to a long, sappy finish. Tannin is never far from the surface here even though that surface is almost thickly mouth-coating. Where the 2010 had me reaching for musical metaphors to express its dynamic personality, the analogy here is to the plastic arts, and the wine seems to have monumental potential. It will be interesting, though, to see whether further complexity and flavor definition emerge with time in bottle and the tannin smoothly integrates. How long this might take, I won’t speculate, as my experience of mature Betz wine from Bordelais varieties is thus far (though I hope not for too much longer!) fleeting and inconclusive.



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