This is the story of two uniquely different wines made from the same varietal from the one of Washington’s best wineries, Betz Family.

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.



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.