Full Pull Betz

Hello friends. Autumn release season is my favorite time of the year for Washington wine. Many wineries save the biggest of their big guns for this time, and it’s all we can do to keep our heads above water and field compelling offer after compelling offer from some of the finest wineries in the state.

And speaking of the finest wineries in the state, let’s kick things off with a doozy: an extremely limited set of Rhone releases from Betz Family Winery. The less said the better, given our quantities, so I’ll repeat what I have said before: Bob Betz’s face would doubtless be chiseled on a Mt. Rushmore of Washington winemakers. He is the only Master of Wine making wine in Washington, having achieved that honor back in 1998. After a 28-year career at Chateau Ste Michelle he launched his eponymous winery in 1997, crushing 150 cases worth of wine in the Woodinville warehouse district.

Since then, production has grown to 3500 cases total, but acclaim has grown more quickly than that, forcing the family to close their mailing list in 2008 and establishing them as one of Washington’s cult wineries. Steve and Bridgit Griessel came on board as managing owners in 2011, and the winery is open to its list members on just two weekends each year: once in the spring, for the release of its Bordeaux portfolio, and once in the fall, for the release of these Rhone-styled wines (that fall release just took place this past weekend).

2014 Betz Family Winery Besoleil
Bob’s ode to Chateauneuf, Besoleil blends 33% Grenache, 24% Counoise, 20% Syrah, 17% Cinsault, and 6% Mourvedre. This mouth-coating 2014, done almost entirely in concrete, hits the holy trinity of Rhone blends – berry and rock and garrigue – and offers a particularly attractive sense of dustiness. Here is what Bob Betz has to say about this vintage, first via video, and here via text:


2014 Betz Family Winery Syrah La Cote Rousse
Here Bob blends four different Syrah clones (Phelps, 99, 174, 383), all from two vineyards on Red Mountain: Ciel du Cheval and Ranch at the End of the Road. It pours into the glass inky black-purple and offers wonderful earthy-smoky soil tones to go with the darkest of fruits and robust/toothsome tannins. Here is what Bob Betz has to say about this Rousse, first via video, and here via text:


This one already has a blockbuster review from Jeb Dunnuck on the books as well. Wine Advocate (Jeb Dunnuck): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 96pts.”

Please limit order requests to 6 bottles of Besoleil and 2 bottles of Rousse, and we’ll do our best to fulfill all requests. The wines should arrive in a week or two, at which point they will be ready for pickup or shipping during the next temperature-appropriate shipping window.

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