Betz Family Winery Clos de Betz 2018, Columbia Valley, Washington

2018 vintage – 55% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Petit Verdot. 35% Red Mountain, 35% Horse Heaven Hills, 30% Yakima Valley. The Merlot grapes ripened nearly two weeks later than average this vintage, and the longer hang time benefited Merlot’s intrinsic rich fruitiness. As the traditional foundation of Clos de Betz (67% this bottling), Merlot always provides its substance and texture, and with the additional hang time, these are highlighted in 2018. The delayed ripening led to a supple mouthfeel, characterful aromas and fine depth of flavor. Ripe black cherry, mocha and wood spice are the hallmarks of this wine and are reflected in the wine. The additional dimension of this vintage is its ageability.