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2010 Betz Family Vineyards Syrah La Cote Rousse Red Mountain
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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 Rousse Red Mountain

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

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93(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2012

(from a warmer site than the La Serenne):  Bright red-ruby.  Black raspberry, flowers, minerals and spices on the nose, plus a hint of black walnut that reminded me of Hermitage.  Juicy on entry, then sinewy and penetrating in the middle, and clearly less pliant and sweet today than the La Serenne.  The dark fruit and bitter chocolate flavors are supported by obvious Red Mountain structure.  For all its power, the minerally, spicy, peppery finish displays very fine-grained tannins and lovely subtle persistence.  Actually a bit higher in pH than the La Serenne but this is likely to need at least as much time in the cellar--say five or six years.

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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