Columbia Valley, Washington, $49.99
There is good reason for all the chatter out and about concerning changes at Betz. The key to success is never to be satisfied but always working to achieve better. Here is a winery already on The Who's Who List of top Washington producers and they're doing whatever they can to be better. So go the new 2017 releases.
The name “Bésoleil” is a marriage of a Spanish word and a French word meaning “kissed by the sun,” Beso and Soleil! It speaks to our long-held conviction that a profound expression of Grenache (and its Southern Rhône brethren) can emerge from Washington’s precise marriage of sun and soil. Modeled after Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the classic French Grenache-based gem, it is immediately enticing, richly scented and seductively textured.
"The Southern Rhône blend of the estate, the 2017 Besoleil is always bottled relatively early. A blend of 49% Grenache, 34% Mourvèdre, and the rest Counoise and Syrah that’s mostly from the Yakima Valley, it was fermented with 20% stems and brought up all in barrel. It’s a medium to full-bodied, layered, downright pretty Rhône blend that has complex notes of red fruits, white pepper, herbes de Provence, tapenade, and some meaty notes. It’s perfectly balanced and loaded with character." 92 pts - Jeb Dunnuck