Betz Family Winery Syrah La Serenne 2018, Boushey Vineyard, Yakima Valley, Washington

Boushey Vineyard, which has been the source of La Serenne since 2000, is one of the stars of the mid-Yakima Valley. Farmed by Dick Boushey, a proponent of Washington Syrah since the 1980’s, this site has gained notoriety for its unique varietal expression and supple texture. The word Serenne is an affectionate name for Syrah in the local dialect of Ampuis, a town in the heart France’s northern Rhône valley. The fruit reflects the sum total of conditions here: location in the mid-Yakima Valley, higher elevation, cooler climate, soils undisturbed by the Missoula Floods and Dick’s exemplary farming practices. 2015 vintage – 100% Syrah, 100% Boushey Vineyard. In 2015, the Syrah grapes were 100% de-stemmed and fermented in a combination of vessels, including concrete for the lower block Syrah. After a 10 day fermentation period, the contents of each fermentation vessel were pressed into a combination of 228, 300, and 500l barrels. The resulting wines were aged ‘sur lie’ for 10 months, and bottling after 1 year.