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2009 Betz La Cote Rousse – Review

By Duane Pemberton
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Bob Betz could very well be the most respected winemaker in the state of Washington – his legacy as a Master of Wine and the accolades his winery continues to garner is amazing. But what makes Bob’s story rather unique in an industry full of self-aggrandizing-types is his utter humility and he happens to make kick-ass wines to boot.

This Syrah blends two good vineyards from the Red Mountain AVA and does a good job of smacking you – gently – with the terrior of that region.

Technical Data:

  • Composition: 100% Syrah
  • Cooperage: 12 months 100% French Oak barrels, 50% new oak, 50% one fill (1 year)
  • 49% Ciel du Cheval, 51% Kiona Vineyard (Red Mountain)
  • TA: 6.0 g/L
  • pH 3.73
  • Price: $55

Nose: Super fresh road-killed-bambi with beautiful notes of blueberry, and old shoe, the smell of the inside of a text-book from high-school. The layers of aromas on the nose of this wine are simply stunning.

Taste: Beautiful combo of blueberry compot, wild game and a spice rack. Solid fruit-foward action that is held together by beautiful acids and tannins which help carry the layers of enjoyment well into the finish; which hangs out for weeks. This is about as good as Syrah gets in Washington State and frankly, is one of the more complex new-world Syrah’s I’ve ever had.

W.E.P. Rating: 120%