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2017 Betz "La Serenne" Yakima Valley Syrah

SKU #1459811 95 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark Coming from the Boushey Vineyard in the Yakima Valley, the 2017 Syrah La Serenne is another beautiful wine from this team, offering perfumed notes of blue fruits, ground peppery, gravelly earth, and smoke. Fermented with close to 60% stems and aged in French oak, it’s medium to full-bodied, perfectly balanced, has a seamless texture and ripe tannins, all pointing to a brilliant Syrah that’s going to evolve for 10-15 years. Inner quote mark (4/2019)

95 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark A beautifully complex, spicy and alluring nose with pepper, red plums, darker berries, baking spices and woody elements, all combined. The palate has a sleek edge with bright acidity that holds a deep, flavorful finish. Drink across the next decade. Inner quote mark (4/2019)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Dark purple colored in the glass, the 2017 Syrah la Serenne opens to a bouquet of flowers on the nose along with dusty plum, blackberry and subtle red and black spices. Medium to full-bodied, on the palate, the wine has a juicy yet dusty core with a ripe and evolving character, a supporting backbone of acidity and lingering finish with finesse, power and vibrancy. It's a delicious and impressive wine that will be a crowdpleaser for sure. (AM) Inner quote mark (12/2019)

93 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Dark red-ruby color. Perfumed, slightly musky aromas of purple fruits and pepper. At once generous, silky and juicy, with obvious stem energy contributing to its inner-mouth aromatic lift. Lovely texture and depth here, as well as a varietal wildness that should make this wine even more interesting with some bottle aging. (13.8% alcohol; from two adjacent parcels planted to the Phelps clone in 1996; vinified with 58% whole clusters and aged in about 50% new oak for six months before being transferred to neutral barrels for seven more months) (ST) Inner quote mark (12/2019)

K&L Notes

Winemaker Notes: "The 2017 La Serenne is a stunner from the moment it hits the glass with dark, coating, black-purple color. This vintage used almost 60% whole-clusters in the ferment, more than ever before. The aromatics reflect it: lavender, fennel, white pepper and tarragon join inky, blackberry purée, huckleberry and dark chocolate."


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