Bottle Notes, Syrah

2007 Betz Family Syrah La Côte Rousse – Bottle Notes

Betz Family Winery was founded in 1997 by Bob & Cathy Betz. Critical acclaim from local and national wine publications has put Betz Family Winery at the forefront of Washington wines alongside Cayuse, Leonetti and Quilceda Creek. The winery was sold to Steve and Bridget Griessel (with Bob Betz remaining on as the winemaker), and I fully expect quality will remain high for years to come.

Violet in color. 14.8% ABV. 100% Syrah from Ciel du Cheval and Ranch at the End of the Road Vineyards. Cherries, smoke, game and flowers on the nose. Very Northern Rhone like. The palate is all about black cherries, stones, saline and olives. Elegant and restrained. Drink over the next 1-3 years.

My rating: 91 points.

I’ve been buying the Betz wines for a decade now. I can’t emphasize enough that the entire lineup needs extended time in the cellar.

I understand the mailing list is full, although I suspect the wait isn’t too long. Fortunately, the wine is readily available all over Seattle almost year-round.

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