2017 Betz "La Cote Rousse" Syrah, Red Mountain-Cuvee-Wine-Society

2017 Betz "La Cote Rousse" Syrah, Red Mountain

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One of the things that makes Washington wines magical is the almost complete lack of phylloxera in the vineyards (until very recently), which means that vineyards can be planted on their own roots without grafting. The Syrahs from Betz are supposedly suitcase clones from Cote-Rotie of the famed "La-La" vineyards. This wine is quintessential Washington wine, combining old world spice with just a kiss of new world sun.
"The 2017 Syrah La Côte Rousse marks our first time utilizing a traditional technique of co-fermenting small amounts of Viognier (3%) along with the Syrah, the goal being to subtly affect aromatic lift and color vibrancy. And what color! Magnificent, deep, dark purple leads out to an almost impossibly brilliant magenta rim. The aromas are a blend of familiar and exotic; black and red raspberry lead the way for sweet and savory salted plum, chamomile tea and white pepper. Weighty but fresh, the palate adds peat smoke and leather with a hint of cocoa powder filling out the package. The finish is saline, lengthy and broad. This is classic Red Mountain Syrah, with precision, brightness and terrific structure." -- Winery

"Moving to the top Syrahs, the 2017 Syrah La Cote Rousse is always 100% Red Mountain fruit (92% from the Ciel du Cheval vineyard) and saw 30% stems and 13 months in French oak. Fabulous notes of bloody blueberries, lavender, dried herbs, and ground pepper as well as tons of minerality emerge from this full-bodied, concentrated, masculine Syrah. Compared to the La Serenne, this cuvée also shows a more savory, mineral, structured profile and benefits from short-term cellaring. It’s going to keep for over a decade." 95+ pts - Jeb Dunnuck
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