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!
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.
94 Points - Jeb Dunnuck (erobertparker.com)
Readers looking for a killer Syrah to purchase to see what Washington is all about couldn't do any better than a bottle of the 2013 Columbia Valley Syrah from Gramercy. Possessing lots of gamy, olive, peppery, lavender and salted meats, with a core of ripe plum and darker fruits, this beauty is full-bodied, supple, polished and utterly seamless, with no hard edges and a clean, focused finish that keeps you coming back to the glass. Buy this beauty by the case and drink it over the coming decade.
95 Points - Jeb Dunnuck (erobertparker.com)
The 2013 Syrah Lagniappe is a drop dead gorgeous Syrah that does everything right. Its almost opaque purple color is followed by a complex, layered bouquet that includes ample black and blue fruits, ground pepper, lavender, olive and hints of bacon fat. This gives way to a medium to full-bodied, layered, silky 2013 that has a great mid-palate, juicy acidity and a great finish. I’d happily drink it today, but it should be at its best from 2018-2028.
92 Points - Wine Enthusiast
There's no mistaking the variety, with plentiful aromas of fresh herb and cherry alongside vanilla and light barrel accents. The dark fruit flavors are supple with a mesmerizing texture and an exquisite balance that extends through the coffee-filled finish. The attention to detail throughout is impressive, especially for a wine at this price.
The Lower East Southern Blend presents a complex nose of fresh raspberries, clove and bacon. On the palate it opens up with an array of juicy plums, blackberry which are complemented by stones, baking spices and tar. A compelling blend of fruit and earth, with a beautifully balanced acidity and satisfying meaty bite. Perfect match for slow roasted and braised meats!