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Betz Family Domaine de Pierres
Betz Family Winery
United States - Washington - Walla Walla Valley

Domaine de Pierres (Field of Stones), is the newest addition to Betz' family of single-site Syrahs. The Rocks of Milton Freewater AVA is named after the large river stones permeating the vineyards there, creating Syrah distinct from any other place in Washington State. Their affection for site-expressive Syrah led them here in 2014, when they purchased the Ancient Stones vineyard and immediately got to work tilling the soil multiple times each year to expose the latent rocks. The results are finally in, and they're delighted to share the inaugural vintage of Domaine des Pierres.With their long history of making single site syrah's in Washington, it made sense for them to venture into the Rocks District of Milton Freewater in the Walla Walla Valley to bring you Betz's newest syrah, "Domaine de Pierres."

In the glass, Domaine de Pierres stands out from Betz other syrah's because of its incredibly savory profile. Notes of roasted meat, fresh herbs, olive tapenade, tobacco and graphite are supported by dark fruit, espresso, and lavendar. The wine has a lower acidity and higher PH than the other wines, which contributes to a velvety, full bodied mouthfeel. Even in the cellar, we immediately noticed a difference in the color, aromatics and flavor that these syrah grapes were able to express.

The other big reason that Betz famili is so excited about the wine from this particular AVA, is that the history of the Rocks is happening right now! Their vineyard, "Ancient Stones," has only been planted there since 2007, and the beginning of the Rocks as a wine growing region only really started in the 1990's. There is a lot of energy and exploration going on, and it has been a fun experience for the team to be a part of it.

Specifications
Appellation
Walla Walla Valley
Wine Type
Red
Varietal(s)
100% Syrah
Vinification
French oak barrels for 18 months

Reviews and News

2018 Betz Family Domaine de Pierres - 97 PTS - JD

2018 Betz Family Domaine de Pierres - 97 PTS - JD

jeb dunnuck logo 250"Coming from the Ancient Stones Vineyard in the Rocks region of Walla Walla, the 2018 Syrah Domaine De Pierres is 100% Syrah that was not destemmed and was brought up in a mix of small and larger barrels. Classic Rocks notes of red and blue fruits, peppered game, exotic flowers, sweet mulch, and other herbal and cedary notes define the bouquet, and it's medium to full-bodied, with a soft, rounded texture, ripe tannins, and a great finish. While it has plenty of funkiness, it also has ample fruit as well as purity. It's approachable today yet will keep for 10-15 years."

- Jeb Dunnuck (May 2021), 97 pts

 

2018 Betz Family Domaine de Pierres - 95 PTS - WA

2018 Betz Family Domaine de Pierres - 95 PTS - WA

wa95"Coming from the Ancient Stones vineyard in the Rocks District of Walla Walla Valley, comes the 2018 Syrah Domaine de Pierres is 100% Syrah and was made with 100% whole-cluster fermentation. The wine is deep ruby colored and opens to a nose that is immediately impressive, showcasing a high-toned red-berry fruit essence with a mineral tension. Seductive aromas of black raspberry, nuances of smoked meats, black pepper and cherry blossom tones emanate from the glass. Medium-bodied but jam-packed with complexity, flavors of black cherry and dusty pepper skin begin to tie the tongue with flavors of dried herbs, hung and curing sausages with a red fruit compote expression. The structure and balance are completely mind-blowing, and the wine ends with a long, winding, evolving and complex finish. Boom! This is absolutely stellar by the way that shines through with beauty and elegance and will age like a champ. Only 3,000 bottles were produced. - Anthony Mueller"

- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (October 2020), 95 pts

 

2018 Betz Family Domaine de Pierres - 95 PTS - JS

2018 Betz Family Domaine de Pierres - 95 PTS - JS

james suckling hq logo plain"A chewy, savory red with aromas of cherries, boysenberries, herbs, charcoal, whole peppercorn and Indian spices. Sweet tobacco. It’s medium-to full-bodied with firm tannins and bright acidity. Flavorful, rich and deliciously spicy. Long, polished finish. Drink now or hold."

- James Suckling (July 2021), 95 pts

 

2018 Betz Family Domaine de Pierres - 94 PTS - VINOUS

2018 Betz Family Domaine de Pierres - 94 PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo"Bright, dark red. Musky peppery lift to the highly complex aromas of raspberry, spices, soy sauce, rose petal, black olive and game; a meaty high-pH quality is in balance with the wine's other components. Densely packed, silky and utterly suave, with dark raspberry and subtle game flavors lifted by captivating black olive, licorice, pepper and herb notes. This wonderfully fine-grained, bright, smooth wine delivers terrific density and umami silkiness without any heaviness; in fact, it's downright light on its feet owing to its inner-mouth aromatic lift. Perhaps most impressive today on the very subtle, building, floral aftertaste, where a fine dusting of tannins coats the entire palate. A lovely expression of Syrah and a sentimental favorite in my Washington tastings this year. With its notes of red fruits, bacon fat and spices, this reminded me of Côte-Rôtie. (100% whole-cluster fermentation) - Stephen Tanzer"

-Antonio Galloni's Vinous (December 2020), 94 pts

 

2016 Betz Family Domaine de Pierres - 95 PTS - JS

2016 Betz Family Domaine de Pierres - 95 PTS - JS

james suckling hq logo plain"This has strident peppery notes with a layer of sappy whole-cluster fragrances and complexity as well as fresh charcuterie meats, smoky notes and graphite. Red plums and blackberries lurk beneath. The palate has deep chocolate and cherry fruits. Very suave, supple tannins carry dark plums, dark chocolate and energetic freshness to the finish. Give this 2-3 years to integrate."
- James Suckling (2018), 95 pts

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