The second Syrah from Betz Family relies on Red Mountain fruit, and makes a fascinating contrast to the much more open and sappy La Serenne. This wine is tight, vertically structured, with far less immediate breadth. The nose grudgingly reveals cassis and sweet, toasted cracker, along with classic Red Mountain flavors of mineral and earth. Tight as a drum, the wine finishes with a hard shell of tannin, that will certainly require some years to smooth out. But the compact, dark, mysterious fruit core promises that it will be worth the wait.
Paul Gregutt is a Contributing Editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine, a founding member of the magazine’s Tasting Panel, and reviews the wines of Oregon and Canada. The author of the critically-acclaimed Washington Wines & Wineries—The Essential Guide, he consulted on the Pacific Northwest entries in current versions of The World Atlas of Wine and The Oxford Companion to Wine.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.