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2011 Betz Family Vineyards Syrah La Cote Rousse Red Mountain

Retail: $59.99


per bottle

93+ Pts Stephen Tanzer - Vinous Media


750 mL


Closure Type


Syrah / Shiraz








currant, blueberry, blackberry and strawberry


spice box, cedar and dark fruit


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Stephen Tanzer - Vinous Media:

"(aged in 45% new oak): Bright ruby-red. Complex nose melds cranberry, licorice, minerals and smoke. Sappy, smooth and light on its feet, showing terrific lift to its sexy flavors of red berries, flowers, pepper and game. Youthfully sinewy and complex wine with a rising, perfumed finish showing great class. Really high-quality barrels here! Betz noted that he's now working to "take down the overall astringency of the wines through reduced skin contact, generally gentler extraction, and more seed removal." He explained: "Red Mountain fruit does not need any more seed phenolics.""

Jeb Dunnuck - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:

"Darker in color, the opaque-purple 2011 Syrah La Cote Rousse is a richer, fuller Syrah that offers up plenty of chocolaty black fruits, crushed rock, pepper, liquid smoke and iron to go with a medium to full-bodied, balanced, concentrated, yet elegant and classy feel on the palate. Made from 100% Syrah and coming from 65% Ciel du Cheval and 35% Ranch at the End of the Road Vineyards, it has juicy acidity, but also excellent concentration and depth. It should evolve gracefully for 10-12 years." Reviewed June,2014

Wine Enthusiast:

"Red Mountain vines bring tight, sharply-etched fruit flavors of cranberry and raspberry into fine focus, with an underpinning of iron and rock. There's a slight suggestion of barnyard at the back of the finish. -PG"

Wine Spectator:

"Though not weighty, this broad and opened version is brimming with plum, pomegranate, bay leaf and sweet leather flavors. Persists with elegance against refined tannins. Best from 2015 through 2019. 559 cases made." Reviewed June 30,2014

Product Description:

"Classic Red Mountain character defines the Syrah La Cote Rousse, despite being the product of a cooler vintage. The warm site vineyards, Ciel du Cheval and Ranch at the End of the Road accumulated more heat than our other sites and ripened the four Syrah clones to a greater extent; we’ve never seen Red Mountain deliver less than full physiological maturity, every vintage. Nevertheless this vintage retains a vibrancy and energy that isn’t often found on Red Mountain.

That vigor expresses itself from color to finish. There’s the black core, a purple edge and a bit of glass coating color. Sweet, savory aromas lead the way, sort of a mineral-laden black fruit---dark berries and plums. Smoke, dried herbs, violet, meat, wet stones and a hint of ironstone complete the package. It penetrates yet is a broad fragrant expression. I’ve always felt the aromatic range of this wine has its foundation in the four clones we use.

The black fruits continue on the palate, with black cherry, dark plum and spices echoing the aroma. While it’s rich, almost luxurious, there’s a tannic foundation and a structured acidity. Floral and earthy, the dried herbs and stones emerge here too, along with tobacco, thyme and lavender. This is a food-lover’s Syrah, with weight, brightness and dimension." - Winery

Jeb Dunnuck, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate #213
"As always, my visit with Bob Betz and Tyson Schiffner at Betz Family Winery (which has been owned by the Griessel family since 2011) is always one of the highlights of my trip through Washington. For the tasting at the domaine, we focused on the 2012s (I tasted the 2011s from bottle at my office in Colorado), and they are easily some of the greatest wines I’ve tasted from this estate to date. While these wines always have considerable structure and focused profiles, these 2012 have an extra dimension of depth and texture, and should not be missed!"




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