I tend to overthink things. I had a bunch of inner-thought paragraphs written about this wine that only made sense inside my own head. So when I tasted–scratch that, gulped another glass last night (day two opened, even tastier than the day before)–I told myself to forget all that crap. Why?
Because I've never (that's ever) enjoyed a bottle of young Walla Walla Syrah as much as Betz's 2018 Domaine de Pierres.
What makes it so incredible? Beautiful fruit. Fabulous complexity. Texture and feel with no edges, only curves. Stunning balance–alcohol below 14% with power and richness to spare. There is an actual handful of cases available; be one of the lucky few to have this in your glass.
$62.95 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case order ($69.95 regular)
97 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Classic Rocks notes of red and blue fruits, peppered game, exotic flowers, sweet mulch, and other herbal and cedary notes define the bouquet, and it's medium to full-bodied, with a soft, rounded texture, ripe tannins, and a great finish. While it has plenty of funkiness, it also has ample fruit as well as purity. It's approachable today yet will keep for 10-15 years. The style at Betz has changed subtly over the past handful of years, with winemaker Louis Skinner imparting his own style. The wines today are slightly less concentrated, and the deep, inky purple color preferred by the previous winemaker, Bob Betz, has been replaced with a more vivid ruby/purple hue that’s not always opaque. I love the overall balance of the wines today and I think taken as a whole, the new style emphasizes elegance and age-worthiness over sheer richness and power. Louis is one of the most intelligent and inquisitive winemakers out there and he’s doing a fabulous job with these wines.
Us: In case you can't tell by now, I think this Syrah is truly exceptional. I differ from Dunnuck's note only in the funkiness part (a tiny but really good bit). I can't wait to finish the bottle tonight, day three.
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