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2009 Betz Family Winery Syrah La Serenne – Review

By Duane Pemberton
Winery website: www.betzfamilywinery.com

Family man and winemaker, Bob Betz is – by most accounts – the nicest man you’re likely to ever meet in the wine industry or in life, period. His kindness and gentle soul are reflective in his wine and frankly that’s why he’s had the success he’s had.

Betz is a must-have wine sought out by Washington wine lovers for well over a decades now and that’s because Bob and his team have stayed with the simple approach of “doing the right thing” in both winemaking and how they treat their customers.

Technical Data:

  • Composition: 100% Syrah
  • Vineyard Source: 100% BousheyVineyard
  • Cooperage: 12 months 100% French Oak barrels, 50% new oak, 50% one fill (1 year)
  • TA: 6.1 g/L
  • ph: 3.71
  • Alcohol: 14.9%
  • Price:  $55

Nose: Black plum, road tar, cedar, fresh game, corriander, casis, black pepper and pipe tobacco.


Taste: Plums, hoisin sauce, peppercorns, loganberry and wild game bombard the palate in the most eloquent of ways. This is easily one of the best Syrah’s I’ve ever had – it has everything in it that I adore about Syrah. Fruit, body, acidity and a finish to die for that hangs around for months. In fact, the finish keeps coming back – bringing with it some nice reach-around action of more dark fruit and blueberry compote.

W.E.P. Rating: 110%