Betz Domaine de Pierres Walla Walla Syrah Ancient Stones Vineyard 2021
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94 points Wine Spectator: "Graceful yet vibrant, with a sleek structure that highlights detailed raspberry, floral garrigue and savory cracked pepper flavors that glide on the supple finish. Drink now through 2032."
A beautiful Walla Walla Syrah, beginning with succulent blue and dark red fruits, adding beguiling complexities of lavender, spice, and wild game (if you know venison, bingo). Curvy and textural yet brimming with energy. Another brilliant success in Syrah from Betz's Walla Walla vineyard—and while it doesn't have the flashy hype of certain other Walla Walla big names it nonetheless sits at the same table, subtly gobbling up the competition.
2018 vintage notes
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. Most of these 2018s should be given at least a few years in the cellar and will have broad drink windows. Louis is one of the most intelligent and inquisitive winemakers out there and he’s doing a fabulous job with these wines.