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Betz Family Winery la Serenne Syrah Columbia Valley 95rr 2009

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"The 2009 Syrah La Serenne (100%) was sourced entirely from the superb terroir of Boushey Vineyard in Yakima Valley and was aged for 12 months in 50% new French oak. Smoke, meat, game, lavender, pepper, and blueberry aromas infuse the nose setting the stage for a velvety textured, succulent, structured Syrah that is likely to evolve for 2-3 years and drink well through 2023...93" WA 8/11 "Wow, a brilliant showing by the 2009 Betz Family Syrah La Serenne and this is one stacked Syrah! All from Dick Boushey‟s vineyard in Yakima Valley, this 100% Syrah has put on weight and flesh since the tasting last year and offers up thrilling aromas of blackberry liqueur, charred meats, ground pepper, mineral, and violets on the nose. This is followed by a full-bodied, dense, structured, and youthfully tight Syrah that needs another 3-4 years of bottle age to fully flesh out. It should start to hit the early stages of maturity around age 10. Impressive all around and Vin de Garde from Washington at its finest!...95" Rhone Report 06/12

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Betz Family Winery:
We've had one way of making wine since that first vintage, 1997: keep it small, keep it simple and keep it focused. In our first vintage we produced about 150 cases total; and we leveled out at 3500 cases a few years ago. We've limited ourselves to a quantity we can watch over, in the vineyard and the cellar. By working with selected, dedicated grape growers and employing methods tha... Read more
We've had one way of making wine since that first vintage, 1997: keep it small, keep it simple and keep it focused. In our first vintage we produced about 150 cases total; and we leveled out at 3500 cases a few years ago. We've limited ourselves to a quantity we can watch over, in the vineyard and the cellar. By working with selected, dedicated grape growers and employing methods that we believe craft superior wine, we hope to create wines of individual character, a blend of richness, balance and pleasure. Our winemaking focuses on the purity of the individual varieties and the vineyards they come from. We do those things that a small winery has the luxury of doing: we know every barrel. Read less

"The 2009 Syrah La Serenne (100%) was sourced entirely from the superb terroir of Boushey Vineyard in Yakima Valley and was aged for 12 months in 50% new French oak. Smoke, meat, game, lavender, pepper, and blueberry aromas infuse the nose setting the stage for a velvety textured, succulent, structured Syrah that is likely to evolve for 2-3 years and drink well through 2023...93" WA 8/11 "Wow, a brilliant showing by the 2009 Betz Family Syrah La Serenne and this is one stacked Syrah! All from Dick Boushey‟s vineyard in Yakima Valley, this 100% Syrah has put on weight and flesh since the tasting last year and offers up thrilling aromas of blackberry liqueur, charred meats, ground pepper, mineral, and violets on the nose. This is followed by a full-bodied, dense, structured, and youthfully tight Syrah that needs another 3-4 years of bottle age to fully flesh out. It should start to hit the early stages of maturity around age 10. Impressive all around and Vin de Garde from Washington at its finest!...95" Rhone Report 06/12

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