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 2015 La Côte Rousse is 100% Syrah sourced from Ciel du Cheval Vineyard.
Purple in color. 13.7% ABV. Savory nose of black fruits, charred meats, blood and lavender. Medium to full bodied with perfect acidity. Rich and plush with copious dark fruits. Black cherry, blackberry liqueur, coffee and olive brine on the palate. Exceptional length on the finish. Outstanding Syrah and the clear winner in the 2015 Betz lineup. Best over the next 4-6 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 2018 La Cote Rousse will be released this Fall.