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2015 Betz Family Winery La Cote Rousse Syrah

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March 17, 2024 - $41



96The Wine Advocate, inky, seriously black Syrah gives up Hermitage-like notes of scorched earth, charred meats, graphite and licorice. It’s a big, concentrated effort.

96Jeb Dunnuck

...masculine, structured, mineral-driven style...loaded with notions of black, black fruits, scorched earth, graphite, and charred meats. It’s a big, rich, inky effort...awesome purity of fruit and is impeccably balanced.

92+ Stephen Tanzer

... Deep, smoky aromas of dark raspberry, animal fur, roasted meat, chocolate and violet...intense...stuffed with black fruit flavors complicated by musky earthy and saline lack of sweetness--and a step up in concentration. Finishes with suave, fine-grained tannins and excellent length...

91Wine Enthusiast

Intriguing aromas of boysenberry syrup, plum, sweet herb and barrel spice lead to exquisitely balanced, somewhat elegantly styled fruit and savory flavors...


United States, Washington, Columbia Valley

Columbia Valley AVA is larger than some states. At 18,000 square miles, or 11 million acres, the appellation covers almost half of Washington State and a small part of Oregon on the south side of the Columbia River. Established in 1984, Columbia Valley contains numerous sub appellations within its boundaries, including Yakima Valley AVA and Walla Walla AVA, both large and important wine districts. Columbia Valley AVA, generally called the Columbia Basin by Pacific Northwesterners, is in the Columbia River Plateau, and the AVA also includes a section of northeastern Oregon. There are dozens of microclimates within this appellation of about 7,000 vineyard acres. Many kinds of grapes are grown in the Columbia Valley, though the principal grapes planted are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Riesling, Syrah, Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc. Eastern Washington experiences very hot summers and cold winters, and the northern latitude means that Washington vineyards receive several more hours of sun in the summer than California vineyards. Grapes in Washington therefore have time to develop significant tannins and overall ripeness.


Red Wine, Syrah (Shiraz)

This grape is grown in milder climates and produces a medium-to full-bodied wine. It is also known as Shiraz, but should not be confused with Petit Sirah, which was developed by crossing Syrah with Peloursin.