Betz La Serenne Syrah 2019
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94 points Wine Spectator: "Lithe and supple yet well-built, with pretty lavender aromas giving way to rich black raspberry, licorice and smoked pepper flavors that glide toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2030."
96+ points Jeb Dunnuck: The 2019 Syrah La Serenne comes from a great vineyard in the Yakima Valley and is just classic Syrah all the way, offering a great nose of darker berry fruits, pepper, and subtle gamey nuances, full-bodied richness, polished tannins, and a balanced, lengthy mouthfeel that keeps you coming back to the glass. It's another head-turning Syrah from this estate that has tons to love, and it will also age beautifully.
2017 vintage notes
Us: This blew me away! Lavender, crushed summer black berries, and white pepper leads to an amazingly velvety texture carrying black fruits, dark chocolate, and roasting coffee. Even with the fullness and richness of flavor, it floats through the finish, never feeling heavy. -Marcus
Betz: Year to year is a superlative example of the ability of Syrah to express itself so distinctly and specifically in one site. It comes from Boushey Vineyard, the highest altitude and latest harvested of the four Syrahs we make. It was planted using cuttings from Red Willow Vineyard, which makes up another of our Syrahs, La Côte Patriarche. We’ve walked these rows with Dick Boushey for almost 20 years now and still are taken aback by the wild, seductive wine that emerges from each vintage. The 2017 La Serenne is a stunner from the moment it hits the glass with dark, coating, black-purple color. This vintage used almost 60% whole-clusters in the ferment, more than ever before. The aromatics reflect it: lavender, fennel, white pepper and tarragon join inky, blackberry purée, huckleberry and dark chocolate. The mouthfeel is luscious, velvety and round bringing smoky coffee bean and fresh herbs to the fore. A polished tannic backbone promises a long cellar life, but it’s hard to resist right now. 100% Syrah, 13.8% ABV.
Also, 95 points James Suckling, 95 points Jeb Dunnuck.