Betz Family Winery Bésoleil 2018, Columbia Valley, Washington

2018 – 49% Grenache, 34% Mourvèdre, 11% Counoise and 6% Syrah. The 2018 Bésoleil manages to nimbly walk a tightrope between power and elegance. The brilliant ruby color promises the aromatic fireworks to follow; strawberry preserves, pomegranate and red raspberries, white and black pepper, freshly ground nutmeg, rose petals and potpurri. The silky palate expands into orange rind and hibiscus. Although supple and layered, there is bright acidity throughout that maintains both focus and freshness. The finish is lively and lengthy with pronounced mineral and dried herb notes. Delightful now, Bésoleil will continue to gain breadth and nuance over the next 7-10 years. Ageing: French Oak Barrels for 13 Months. 15% New. Fermentation: 20% Whole Cluster Inclusion.