Bottle Notes, Syrah

2012 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 many years ago. Louis Skinner, a longtime assistant of Bob’s, is now the full time Winemaker.

The 2012 La Côte Rousse is 100% Syrah sourced 65% Ciel du Cheval and 35% Ranch at the End of the Road Vineyards

Opaque purple in color. 14.2% ABV. Savory nose of black fruits, olive brine, coffee and minerals. Full bodied with just the right amount of acidity. Plush, silky and approachable. Black cherries, charred meats, cassis and olives on the palate. The finish is long and smooth with silky tannins. A really great La Cote Rousse that is just now entering what should be a long drinking window. Markedly better than the ’11 version I had earlier this year. Best over the next 4-6 years.

My rating: 93 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 Cote Rousse was released this Fall and should still be available at retail.

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