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2011 Betz "Bésoleil" Columbia Valley Rhône Blend

SKU #1269966 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Moderately saturated bright medium red. Sexy aromas of red berries, cherry, lavender and rose petal, plus a faint rocky quality. Suave and weightless in the mouth, with bright red fruit and floral flavors complicated by dried thyme, lavender and pepper nuances. Lovely juicy wine with excellent intensity and saline grip. This is the first vintage of this bottling to include counoise, which Bob Betz says has contributed spiciness. (ST) Inner quote mark (11/2013)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2011 Grenache Besoleil is made from 54% Grenache, 15% Cinsault, 12% Counoise, 12% Mourvedre and the balance Syrah, with most coming from Yakima Valley, and 27% from Red Mountain and 12% from Snipes Mountain. Beautifully perfumed, with sweet red and black berry fruit, herbs de Provence, licorice, hints of pepper and gaminess, it flows onto the palate with a medium-bodied, juicy, lively profile that has mouthwatering acidity, sweet fruit and a solid finish. (JD) Inner quote mark (6/2014)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark This new vintage of the Southern Rhône-style blend dubbed Bésoleil is half Grenache, 18% Cinsault, with Counoise, Mourvèdre and Syrah making up the rest. Immaculate, spicy and bursting with delicious raspberry flavors, its purity is impressive, and the peppery details are wondrously curious, inviting prolonged consideration between sips. An excellent blending exercise melds all five grapes in perfect proportion. (PG) Inner quote mark (12/2013)

90 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark This refreshing style offers spicy pomegranate and red berry flavors, swirling with refined tannins as the finish gains momentum. Grenache, Cinsault, Counoise, Mourvèdre and Syrah. (HS) Inner quote mark (6/2014)


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