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2010 Betz Family Vineyards Syrah La Serenne 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 Serenne Yakima Valley

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

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

(from Boushey Vineyard fruit):  Bright nose features musky black raspberry, smoke, minerals, chocolate and a whiff of tar.  Bright, delineated and intense, conveying terrific acidity for syrah.  Proprietor Betz describes 2010 as "a return to structure in syrah" and this wine is also extremely primary, with tarry minerality and a cracked pepper quality adding nuance.  Finishes with firm but suave tannins, excellent grip and terrific peppery lift.  In texture, this wine is midway between Cote-Rotie and Saint-Joseph, and wonderfully fresh.

92 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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Syrah

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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