Bottle Notes, Syrah

2008 Betz Family Winery La Serenne – 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.

La Serenne is 100% Syrah from Boushey Vineyard.

Bright purple in color. 14.8% ABV. Awesome nose of black fruits, flowers and espresso. Thick, rich and seamless. Great texture. Blueberries, grilled meat, blackberries, licorice and lavender on the palate. Supple tannins on an extended finish. Great showing. Drink over the next 2-4 years.

My rating: 94 points.

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. The 2012 will be released in early September at a cost of $55. Put this wine on your shopping list.

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