TN: 2004 Betz Family Cabernet Sauvignon Père de Famille

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TN: 2004 Betz Family Cabernet Sauvignon Père de Famille

#1 Post by Dale McClaran » April 14th, 2019, 12:44 pm

  • 2004 Betz Family Cabernet Sauvignon Père de Famille - USA, Washington, Columbia Valley (4/14/2019)
    My last go with this 04 PdF in 2012 didn’t leave that much of an impression with me, seemed a little flat and all in all dull. Whether it was due to an off bottle or just needed time, hard to say, but last night’s bottle was simply right on point. Decanted 90 minutes, this was a classic WA State Cabernet, lovely cassis / blackberry fruit that carried a both freshness and slightly dusty quality, and to great effect. Mid weight palate, fresh sage notes and touches of cedar, and just a lovely elegance through the whole proceedings. Certainly in the zone, perhaps still on the uptick, many years left. Outstanding. (94 pts.)
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#2 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » April 14th, 2019, 12:59 pm

Betz makes some wonderful wines. They don’t get much play. Not sure why.
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#3 Post by Kris Patten » April 14th, 2019, 1:06 pm

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
April 14th, 2019, 12:59 pm
Betz makes some wonderful wines. They don’t get much play. Not sure why.
Just like lots of great WA wineries that don't get much play....Cadence, Gramercy, Betz, Januik, Andrew Will....list goes on.
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#4 Post by John Glas » April 14th, 2019, 3:54 pm

[quoteD@vid Bu3ker wrote: ↑
Sun Apr 14, 2019 4:59 pm
Betz makes some wonderful wines. They don’t get much play. Not sure why.
Just like lots of great WA wineries that don't get much play....Cadence, Gramercy, Betz, Januik, Andrew Will....list goes on.][/quote]
Prices will double or triple if they get too much play. Januik is one of my favorite producers for the money period!

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#5 Post by Brandon R » April 15th, 2019, 9:25 am

Great note on what sounds like a great wine, Dale. We popped a 2002 Betz PdF a few weeks back and it was rocking. Thanks for posting.
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#6 Post by Dale McClaran » April 15th, 2019, 9:52 am

Thanks for the reply’s gents.

My big takeaway from this bottle (and yet another example) is how well these not only age, but evolve and blossom in the process. I really don’t think my last bottle of 04 PDF was flawed, it just wasn’t exciting nor memorable in anyway. Just needed time I guess. Also, I should clarify that this pertains to WA State Bordeaux grapes, as in my experience, WA Rhône varietals seem to just hold the fort vs true development when celleared for a decade plus. My .02
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#7 Post by Todd F r e n c h » April 15th, 2019, 10:01 am

Wow, blast from the past, this wine! I used to really enjoy this wine, and Betz, in particular, but haven't purchased in a decade. Might be worth a re-visit.
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#8 Post by Dale McClaran » April 15th, 2019, 11:35 am

I meant to also ask how the recent vintages are doing since Bob Betz left? Like Todd, the last PDF I purchased was the 08, and the newest vintage I have is the 09 La Cote Rousse.
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#9 Post by dsimmons » April 15th, 2019, 11:55 am

Dale McClaran wrote:
April 15th, 2019, 11:35 am
I meant to also ask how the recent vintages are doing since Bob Betz left? Like Todd, the last PDF I purchased was the 08, and the newest vintage I have is the 09 La Cote Rousse.
I still buy some Betz but don't drink them until they have some age so I can't give an opinion on their merits. The have continued to receive praise from most critics. I believe Bob Betz stayed on for a while after selling the winery and only recently left. My oldest PdF is 06 and it is still drinking well.
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#10 Post by dsimmons » April 15th, 2019, 11:57 am

Kris Patten wrote:
April 14th, 2019, 1:06 pm
D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
April 14th, 2019, 12:59 pm
Betz makes some wonderful wines. They don’t get much play. Not sure why.
Just like lots of great WA wineries that don't get much play....Cadence, Gramercy, Betz, Januik, Andrew Will....list goes on.
I agree. IMHO the best bang for the buck in domestic wines.
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#11 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » April 15th, 2019, 1:33 pm

The Betz website still lists Bob as "consulting winemaker."
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#12 Post by Joseph MR » April 15th, 2019, 2:40 pm

The last bottles of 2005 Le Parrain and 2007 I drank had plenty of life left. I’m still holding some.
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#13 Post by Mike Maguire » April 15th, 2019, 3:21 pm

I stashed a few mags and 3L over the years, it’s time to take inventory.I think the new owners are now making the wines, but Bob is probably still consulting, though I think he might have a new project brewing.
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