Bottle Notes, Red Blend

2014 Betz Family Bésoleil – 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 five years ago. Louis Skinner, a longtime assistant of Bob’s, is now the full time Winemaker.

Bésoleil is the Southern Rhone inspired red blend from Betz Family.

Bright crimson in color. 14.5% ABV. 33% Grenache, 24% Counoise, 20% Syrah, 17% Cinsault and 6% Mourvedre. Savory nose or black fruits, road tar, olive brine and grilled meats. Medium body with medium to strong acidity. Young and still coming together. Cherries, kirsch, plums and white pepper on the palate. Substantial tannins on a long finish. Lots of potential but some time in the cellar is warranted. Drink over the next 4-6 years.

My rating: 91 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 2015 Besoleil will be released to the mailing list this Fall and should be available at retail. I’m a buyer.

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