Bottle Notes, Syrah

2012 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.

Purple in color. 14.2% ABV. Savory nose of black fruits, olives, flowers and minerals. Medium body with strong acidity. Slightly astringent. Black cherry, olive brine, saline and barbecued meats on the palate. Tremendous length on the finish. If you open a bottle now I would suggest a long decant or better yet leave it in the cellar for another 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 2017 La Serenne was recently released to the mailing list and should be available at retail.

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