Bottle Notes, Syrah

2009 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.

Opaque purple in color. 14.9% ABV. Dark fruits, meat, coffee and minerals on a powerful nose. Rich and inky on the palate. Flavors of blueberries, blackberries, espresso, iodine and pepper. Big tannins on an exceptionally long finish. Tons of potential. The wine needs a healthy decant or a few more years in the cellar.

My rating: 92 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 was released last Fall at a cost of $55. Put this wine on your shopping list.

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