2009 Betz "La Cote Patriarche" Yakima Valley Syrah (Previously $60)

SKU #1345409 93 points Int'l Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark (from Red Willow Vineyard vines planted in 1986): Bright red-ruby. Wild, musky aromas of strawberry, flint, roasted meat, bacon fat, iodine and fresh blood. Lush and sweet in the mouth, with a wonderfully fine-grained texture that almost hides the wine's intensity and complexity today. The long, youthfully imploded finish features sweet tannins and a piquant note of white pepper. (ST) Inner quote mark (11/2011)

93 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Firm and spicy, this intense red bristles with smoky, tarry overtones around a core of blackberry and licorice flavors, persisting nicely against refined tannins. With all that's going on, the flavors have a welcome transparency. (HS) Inner quote mark (12/2011)

92 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Intensely ripe yet fresh dark cherry and plum mingle with mouthwateringly savory veal stock in the Betz 2009 Syrah La Cote Patriarche, whose typically carnal personality is also revealed in the way its tannic chew seems to segue into suggestions of rare but charred red meat. Crushed stone, salt, and black pepper in a sustained finish add to the interest and metaphorically sinister personality of a Syrah that conveys an exceptional sense of energy and freshness for its vintage, and is likely to be more expressive in a couple of years as well as to perform rivetingly for the better part of the decade. “I don’t think I have ever seen a relationship between grower and winemaker in Washington like what (Red Willow proprietor) Mike Sauer had with the late Dave Lake,” notes Betz, “and I don’t think anyone’s going to replace that, but what Mike’s team does brings to what we do an attention to detail (whereby) nothing happens by chance.” That certainly fits the image Betz conveys of his own approach and explains what led him to name this cuvee with Sauer in mind. (DS) Inner quote mark (12/2012)

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