|Carmen, Bob and Cathy.|
I enjoyed visiting with the Betz family this weekend. It was a leisurely tasting with a great deal of conversation. Bob Betz is winemaker, founder, patriarch and guiding light. His pursuit of winemaking began in the early 1970's. Bob holds the degree of Master of Wine (MW), a designation awarded by the Institute of Masters of Wine in London. In completing the exams Bob was given two additional awards: the Villa Maria Award, for the highest scores on the viticultural exam, and the Robert Mondavi Award, for the highest overall scores in all theory exams. While Bob and his wife Cathy have sold the winery, Bob will remain winemaker until 2016.
Adored both the Clos de Betz and the 2009 La Serrene Syrah. The La Cotte Rousse was also very good, it was just out-shined by the others (if anyone would like to send me a sample, I will gladly reconsider). All three highly recommended. I wish you success in tracking down Betz Family wines.
|2009 Clos de Betz, Columbia Valley.|
* Favorite: 2009 Clos de Betz – Red wine, great nose, enticing, big, hate to spit, lovely, complex. Big like. 65% Merlot, 29% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot. 51% Red Mountain, 30% Yakima Valley, 19% Horse Heaven Hills.
|2009 La Serenne Syrah, Yakima Valley.|
* Favorite: 2009 La Serrene Syrah – Boushey vineyard, meaty, focused violets, spice, for wild game. Wow. 100% Syrah Boushey Vineyard, Yakima Valley AVA.
|La Cote Rousse Syrah, Red Mountain.|
2009 La Cotte Rousse - Red Mountain AVA, Syrah. Earthy meaty dark, plush. 100% Syrah. Recommended.
Wines listed here are the wines I liked and recommend. My favorite wines appealed to me because they expressed unique characteristics and quality, they are indicated by an “*” and are in italics.
Betz FamilyWinery (no tasting room)
Redmond Road NE
Redmond, WA 98052
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