Bottle Notes, Syrah

2010 Betz Family Syrah 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 five years ago. Louis Skinner, a longtime assistant of Bob’s, is now the full time Winemaker.

La Serenne is 100% Syrah from Boushey Vineyard.

Blood red in color. 14.4% ABV. Expressive nose of black fruits, iodine and grilled meats. Dense and concentrated with perfect acidity. Savory and plush. Almost a ringer for a Northern Rhone. Black raspberry, saline and black pepper on the palate. The finish is long and silky with resolved tannins. Delicious Syrah that will drink well for the next 3-5 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 La Serenne will be released to the mailing list this Fall and should be available at retail. I’m a buyer.

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