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Washington 2006 and 2007 Big Reds continue to rack up great scores from multiple international critics. Betz, Cougar Crest, and Buty make red wines that combine sophistication with size. The wines are polished and lush, with the massive flavors Washington is famous for. Time to make room in your cellar!

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JUST RELEASED, highly rated, highly allocated: Betz Pere de Famille and Clos de Betz 2007 Parker 95 and 94 points

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(Bob and Kathy Betz pictured at right)

Bob Betz is a Master of Wine. His precision, uncompromising care, attention to detail, and one of the best palates in the Northwest make Betz wines collectable.

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Betz Family Winery
Pere de Famille Cabernet Sauvignon 07
$66.95/$60.26

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 95
Steven Tanzer's International Wine Cellar 95

Very limited availability.
Maximum order 6 bottles.

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The 2007 Pere de Famille is made up of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, and 7% Petit Verdot sourced predominantly from the Red Mountain AVA with small contributions from Horse Heaven Hills and Yakima Valley.

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Purple/black in color, it reveals a brooding aromatic array of wood smoke, scorched earth, pencil lead, violets, black currant and blackberry. Full-bodied on the palate, it is a bit more dense, opulent, and succulent than the Clos de Betz, admirably combining elegance and power. The pure finish lasts for over 60-seconds. It will offer a drinking window extending from 2013 to 2027.
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

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Betz Family Winery
Clos de Betz 07 $49.95/$44.95

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 94
Steven Tanzer's International Wine Cellar 93+

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The 2007 Clos de Betz is a blend of six grape varieties (56% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the balance Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Mourvedre, and Petit Verdot) sourced from several Columbia Valley AVAs. It was raised in 70% new French oak for 12-14 months.

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Purple-colored, it reveals an alluring bouquet of spice box, violets, incense, black currant, and blackberry. Medium to full-bodied on the palate, it displays an elegant personality along with considerable complexity. Expressive black fruits mingle with earth and spice notes, plenty of ripe, fine-grained tannin, and a lengthy finish. Give this rich, substantial effort 4-6 years of additional cellaring and drink it from 2013 to 2027.
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

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Cougar Crest
Walla Walla Cabernet Sauvignon 06 $36.95/$33.26

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Wine Spectator 93 Points

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Wine Spectator 93 points:
Ripe, vivid and spectacularly flavorful, this Cabernet drips with blueberry, currant, plum and spicy mocha accents as the tannins wrap around the flavors harmoniously. All of it lingers easily on the broad finish. Best from 2012 through 2020. 693 cases made. - Wine Spectator

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Looking back at my tasting notes, the two words that were out in the margin were "nicely balanced." Everything is in the right place for this Walla Walla Cabernet - the big fruit, oak, acid, and lush tannins.

Buty Winery
Rediviva Columbia 06 $49.95/$44.95

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Wine Spectator 93 Points

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This ripe red offers an open texture that lets the flavors of boysenberry, cherry and spice shoot through easily, expanding and lingering on the long, expressive finish. There's lots of flavor, but this isn't weighty. Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Best from 2011 through 2016. 930 cases made. - Wine Spectator

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