97 Points - James Suckling
95+ Points - Jeb Dunnuck (erobertparker.com)
The La Cote Rousse Syrah from Betz Family Winery is an excellent example of how Rhone varieties are being produced with immense success in Washington. With a core of blackberry and black cherry, it is full-bodied, bold and beautifully concentrated with ripe, well-integrated tannins.
98 Points - Stuart McCloskey
A flawless example of white Châteauneuf du Pape from Famille Perrin. Sourced from a single parcel of Roussanne vines planted in 1909. Off the charts in terms of quality and certainly one of the most outstanding wines produced in the world today. Rich, decadent, voluptuous mouthfeel – the texture is extraordinary. Buttered citrus, quince and marmalade all supported with plenty of acidity and liquid minerals.
95 Points - Neal Martin
The 2011 Rieussec, a blend of 95% Semillon, 2% Sauvignon Blanc and 3% Muscadelle is an absolute dream. There is wonderful precision and mineralité on the nose, the new oak more integrated than a few months ago. The palate is beautifully balanced with clear honey, brioche and pralines, a sensual Rieussec that is utterly charming, hints of nougat and almond lingering on the long finish. Gorgeous!
Duck Muck is a masterful explosion of contradictions, merging in harmony and captured in a bottle – a wine of immense power, concentration, structure and balance and rarely produced (Vintages: 1994, 1995, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2013), let alone seen in the wine market.
96+ Points - Robert Parker
A wine of extraordinary intensity, richness, and extract (yields were .5 tons of fruit per acre), the 2004 Shiraz Duck Muck is a totally dry red that tips the scales at 17.5% alcohol (*in fact, alcohol is 16.5%). While it pushes the limits of civilized drinking, it is neither pruny nor hot, and should be tasted with an open mind and no hidden agenda. Read on...
96 Points - James Halliday
Inviting vibrant colour; quite a polished and poised bouquet of allspice redcurrant and blackberry fruit; at the core of the wine there is a mineral complexity that is thoroughly engaging, and the hedonistic level of sweet fruit marries seamlessly with it and the toasty oak; beautifully constructed, on a large scale, the balancing acidity provides brightness to the finish.
94 Points - James Suckling
A rich and intense white with sliced apple, toasted oak and coconut character. Vivid acidity. Bright finish. Needs time to come together. Better in 2019.
The Clos de Betz from the Betz Family Winery is Bob Betz' take on a right-bank Bordeaux and the 2012 vintage was without doubt one of the best and easiest the winery had experienced in years. It is the weight of this wine which impresses most, with a depth that envelops the palate and lingers for a long finish. The 2012's in particular have considerable and focused structure with an extra dimension of depth and texture, and should not be missed!
93 Points - Robert Parker
A combination of 70% Shiraz, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% Merlot aged 18 months in wood (15% new), the 2002 Keyneton Estate boasts impressive intensity, richness, concentration, and aromatics (black currants, licorice, earthy spice, and a hint of wood). A beauty, with a meatiness to its richness and intensity, it should drink well for a decade or more.
Deep garnet in color, 2007 Block 6 Shiraz has pronounced notes of cinnamon stick and dusty earth over warm blackberries and blueberries, cloves, toasty cedar and licorice. The full-bodied, bold fruit is well supported by very crisp acid and medium-firm grainy tannins. It finishes long and spicy. Approachable now, it should continue to drink to 2018+.