La Côte Rousse Syrah is made from four different clones of Syrah from two different Red Mountain vineyards, Ciel du Cheval and Scott Williams. Conversely the La Serenne is made from a single varietal from a single vineyard, Boushey in the Yakima Valley.
Both wines are remarkably elegant and restrained by the standards of most Washington Syrah. They have interesting similarities and amazing differences. I would recommend sitting on these wines for a few years or extended decanting which should improve them both considerably.
|Betz La Côte Rousse Syrah 2006||Surprisingly elusive on the nose with resin, a light smoked aroma, earth, and light fruit running underneath spice. A chalky feel to the tannins that lightens up and lingers. 575 cases produced. 14.5% alcohol.||$60|
|Betz La Serenne Syrah 2006||A light nose with blueberry and cured meat. Stunningly evenly balanced and smooth with pleasantly restrained fruit and an almost creamy texture. A very long finish. 525 cases produced. 14.5% alcohol.||$60|