Betz Family 2004 Bésoleil Red (Columbia Valley (WA))

This is the second vintage for this very limited (165 cases) Grenache-based red wine. In 2004 the blend includes 19% Mourvèdre and 12% Syrah. Though winemaker Bob Betz says he is “still struggling between size and elegance,” this is not a wine you must struggle to enjoy. Bright and spicy, it attacks the palate with the Grenache's powerfully concentrated raspberry fruit. Added weight and mass come from the other two grapes; all beautifully proportioned and blended. Notes of pepper, sweet cinnamon and even a whiff of toast come into play in the creamy finish. Paul Gregutt

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