2010 Clos de Betz

Merlot

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Children of a Common Mother: our two 2010 Bordeaux blends clearly display the growing conditions of the cooler year, in color, aroma, flavor and texture. With Merlot as the dominant variety in this blend, the color isn’t as inky black s the Père de Famille, but the Clos de Betz still shows the dense color saturation from core to edge of the glass. Then the aroma takes center stage, with pure, vibrant black cherries, camphor, cocoa and a slight kirsch essence. Its foundation is a classic, complex expression of Washington Merlot, but since 40% of the blend is made from Petite Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon, the aroma takes on additional dimension of anise, rose petal and baking spice. My tasting notes reflect an on-going satisfaction at the sense of complete ripeness for a cooler vintage: thank you, Washington Merlot. It enters very supple and plush, with a jolt of black cherry and red berries that stays true to the aroma. Dried herbs, chocolate and a touch of smoky oak play supporting roles. The finish dances with a combination of refined tannin and vibrant fruit, the signs of a successful future in the cellar. Robert Parker: 93 Tanzer: 93

Wine Specifications

  • Vintage: 2010
  • Varietal: Merlot
  • Alcohol: 14.0%
  • Region: Washington
2010 Clos de Betz