(15.6% alcohol; 75.9% cabernet sauvignon, 12.5% each cabernet franc and merlot, and 1.5% petit verdot): Saturated ruby-red color. Darker and more brooding on the nose than the estate bottling, hinting at cassis, bitter chocolate and earth. Then almost surprisingly thick and sweet in the mouth, with harmonious acidity giving shape to the flavors of black and blue fruits, espresso and black pepper. Finishes with slightly tough (Howell Mountain?) tannins and firm minerality. This has gained in texture and sweetness, without any loss of structure, since I tasted it from barrel a year ago.
The 2010 Bettina exhibits abundant notes of graphite, charcoal, blackberries and espresso roast along with fabulous fruit concentration and an unctuously textured, full-bodied mouthfeel with great definition and richness. This superb Bordeaux blend is more broodingly backward than the 2009, but it demonstrates the potential for at least two decades of longevity.
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Delivers mocha, espresso and vanilla bean up front, with vibrant
currant, wild berry, cedar and cigar box flavors. Gains all the way,
ending with a long, persistent finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot,
Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.