Origin: United States
- 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.
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