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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
Varietal(s)
100% Syrah
Vinification
French oak barrels for 18 months

Reviews and News

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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