Bottle Notes, Syrah

2008 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 four years ago. Bob is still making the wines at Betz with the capable help of Louis Skinner as Assistant Winemaker.

The 2008 La Côte Rousse is 100% Syrah from Ciel du Cheval and Kiona Vineyards.

Crimson in color. 14.8% ABV. Huge nose of iron, game and smoke. Medium body with strong acidity. Layer upon layer of delicious, lush fruit on the palate. Flavors of blood, black cherry and grilled meats. The finish is absolutely exquisite. I had expected this wine would need more time the cellar but it is showing surprisingly well right now. Drink over the next 3-5 years.

My rating: 94 points.

I understand the mailing list is full, although I suspect the wait isn’t too long. Fortunately, the wines from Betz are readily available all over Seattle almost year-round. The 2013 La Côte Rousse was released last month and should retail for about $60. I’m a buyer.

I wrote about the new releases in Betz Family Winery End of Summer 2015 Release Party.

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