Aged for 19 months in 100% new French oak barrels. Malolactic fermentation. Bottled unfiltered. 12-34-year-old vines.
Vineyards: 35% Red Mountain - Ciel du Cheval, Kiona & Klipsun, 35% Horse Heaven Hills - Alder Ridge, 30% Yakima Valley - Red Will.
Oldest Merlot block in Washington state (Red Willow).
To tell the story of Clos de Betz, you must start at the beginning of Bob and Cathy Betz’ love affair with wine. The year is 1973, the place is Burgundy, France, the players are two young travelers in the beginning of a journey that has now spanned over 4 decades. Standing at the foot of the vineyard Chambertin-Clos de Beze; one of the most important vineyard parcels in not only all of France, but the world, and the young couple dreamed of one day trying their hand at winemaking, and naming the wine “Clos de Betz.” Fast forward two and a half decades, and this dream became a reality. At the time, Washington State already had a reputation for producing strong examples of Merlot, and the early drinking, generous character of a Merlot based wine was something the couple couldn’t resist. In 1998 the first Clos de Betz was born.