Betz Family Winery, Possibility Red Blend Columbia Valley

Style:  Full-body Red      Vintage: 2016       

Varietal: Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cinsault

Appellation: Columbia Valley    Region: Washington    County:  United States

The result of this 60/40 blend of Bordeaux and Rhone red varieties is a wine of broad red and black fruit aromas, with some of Syrah’s roasted meat and saddle leather, and the dried thyme/anise/bay leaf complex integral to Cabernet Sauvignon. The undercurrent of black cherry and plum also points to its Bordeaux variety heritage. It’s soft and plush on the palate, with supple tannins: no rough edges demanding aging, the mouthfeel is round and fine-grained. It finishes balanced and expressive, a reflection of the inviting meaning of red blends today.

Vibrant and zesty, with expressive red currant, smoky pepper and sweet anise flavors that build richness toward refined tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot and Cinsault. Drink now through 2024. - Wine Spectator, 91 pts

What was previously called Cuvée Frangin, the 2016 Possibility checks in as a blend of 40% each of Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, with the balance Merlot and Cinsault. It's a ripe, upfront, juicy, delicious effort that has a classic inky purple Betz color, great notes of plums, blueberries, violets, and spice, medium to full-bodied richness, and a clean finish. It's incredibly high quality and a great introduction to the wines of this estate. - Jeb Dunnuck, 91 pts