Thursday, April 12, 2012

Waters Winery, Walla Walla

Taste Washington! Recommended Wines.

Waters is an artisanal boutique winery located in Walla Walla, Washington. Waters was founded in 2005 based on the belief that the Walla Walla Valley terroir is capable of producing distinctive red wines that rival the finest of the Old and New World regions alike. Waters produces a few thousand cases of small lot bottlings each year.

Jamie Brown Winemaker/GM. 
A Walla Walla native, Jamie studied winemaking alongside winemakers such as Rusty Figgins (Glen Fiona), Eric Dunham, (Dunham Cellars), and Jean François Pellet (Pepper Bridge, Amavi) before earning his first reviews as the winemaker at James Leigh Cellars. Since its beginning, Jamie Brown’s talents have facilitated the successes of Waters Winery as well as subsequent endeavors, 21 grams and Wines of Substance, both collaborations with winemaker and Master Sommelier, Greg Harrington (Gramercy Cellars).

Dreux Dillingham, Assistant Winemaker.
Assistant winemaker Dreux Dillingham poured for me. Yep, they are also on my “must visit” list.

The Wines: 

Waters 2009 Loess Syrah.
* Favorite: 2009 Loess Syrah – Walla Walla Valley. 90% Syrah 10% Viognier, love the nose, not over top, very good. Production 190 cases, retail price $45.


Waters 2009 Interlude Red Wine.
* Favorite: 2009 Interlude - 55% Merlot, 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Petit Verdot, great nose, really like, lovely. Production 1,550 cases, retail price $36.

Waters 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon.
2008 Cabernet Sauvignon - Modest nose, more intense on finish and mid palate, like, not big, subtle. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, production 450 cases, retail price $50. Recommended.

Wines listed here are the wines I liked and recommend. My favorite wines appealed to me because they expressed unique characteristics and quality, they are indicated by an “*” and are in italics.

Waters Winery
1825 JB George Road
Walla Walla, WA 99362

Tasting Room 
Open Thursdays through Monday, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Sundays close at 4:00 p.m.). Tasting fee is $5, refundable with a purchase.

If you will be visiting as a group of 8 or more, please call ahead.

The Waters facility is available for private dinners and small gatherings, for mailing list members. Please contact the winery for more information.

Phone: 509-525-1590

www.waterswinery.com
twitter: @WatersWinery

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