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2010 Betz Family Vineyards Syrah La Cote Patriarche Yakima Valley
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About Betz Family Vineyards

At Betz Family Cellars, Bob Betz makes some of Washington's richest and most complete red wines from Bordeaux varieties. His success extends to Syrahs as well; these are at once silky, highly concentrated and wild -- and, along with those of Cayuse, more Rhône-like in style than any others in Washington State.

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2010 Betz Family Vineyards Syrah La Cote Patriarche Yakima Valley

Producer: Betz Family Vineyards
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Syrah/Shiraz
Origin: Washington
Region: Yakima Valley

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95 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2012

Good full red-ruby.  Pungent aromas of black raspberry, flint and licorice, lifted by an exotic white fruit quality.  Very dense and pliant but with a light touch to the flavors of dark berries, tar and smoke lifted by minerals, peach and orange peel.  Extremely closed and youthful but balanced from the start.   Very elegantly styled and impressively intense wine with exotic high notes that remind me of a top Cote-Rotie.

92 Points | Wine Spectator
95 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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While the grape is currently grown throughout the world, the most elegant Syrahs still come from the Northern Rhone valley, particularly the appellations of Côte Rôtie, Cornas, and Hermitage. Here, steep, terraced vineyards help produce full-bodied, intense, tannic wines loaded with white pepper and red fruit. In the vineyard, Syrah is largely cooperative- vines are productive, but not overly vigorous. Skins are thick, helping the grape...
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