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Betz Family Winery Bésoleil


Betz Family Winery

Betz is a family run winery in Woodinville, Washington, headed up by Bob Betz MW...

Their first vintage was in 1998, and today they have an annual production of 5,000 cases, of which two thirds goes to their domestic mailing list customers. The vineyards are located in the Columbia Valley, specifically in the Red Mountain, Horse Haven Hills, Yakima Valley and Snipes Mountain AVAs. Betz works very closely with long term growers that allow them to select specific rows and vines. The climate is sunny and dry, with the Cascade Mountain range acting as a cloud barrier, ensuring cloudless skies 300 days of the year. The vines are planted on their own roots, rather than on rootstocks, because phylloxera is not a problem in Washington State.

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Fruit for this wine was grown on the eastern and Mid Yakima Valley, primarily in the Red Mountain site. At 325 to 450 metres above sea level, the sites are mostly windy with excellent drainage and steep slopes. Soils include Hezel sandy loam, silt loam, Scooteney, some ancient riverbed, volanic pumice and calcite deposits. The area is very dry, with 12 to 16cm of rain annually.

Vintage information

A moderate spring led to a warm summer where temperatures slowly increased. The heat in August ensured above average heat accumulation for the year. This was followed by a long and gentle autumn creating predictable and satisfying results in the vineyards. 


The fruit was placed into open top fermenters where it remained for six to eight days. The must then went into a basket press before the wine went into barrel for malolactic fermentation. It was allowed to age for 12 months in French oak, none of which was new.

Tasting Notes

The Mourvedre addition to this wine give a deep, brooding and sweet ink character, making the 2012 deeper, more structured yet finely layered. Grenache dominates the blend, with its creamy black raspberry, wild dried strawberry, dried herbs and floral notes. Cinsault gives a dusty element, and the Yakima Valley Syrah provides more backbone to the palate.

Vintage information

Vintage 2012
Grape varieties 50% Grenache/Garnacha
20% Mourvedre
15% Cinsault
15% Syrah/Shiraz
Region Sundries
Winemaker Bob Betz
Alcohol (ABV) 12.5%
Acidity 4.1g/l
Residual Sugar 0.25g/l
Wine pH 3.7