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Waters 2008 Loess Vineyard Syrah (Walla Walla Valley (WA))

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A sharply etched, spicy, dense, intriguing wine. Tobacco, baking spices, wild berries and smoke roll on through. The wine has muscle and depth; what it needs is time.

 — P.G.  (9/1/2011)
92
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Waters 2006 Loess Vineyard Syrah (Walla Walla Valley (WA))

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This Loess is definitely more—more concentration, more ripeness, more Côte Rôtie character than the 2005, but already showing dramatic flavor development. Cofermented with 3% Viognier, it’s a silky wine with flavors of blood, meat and earth dominating. Tannins are ripe, and it was barreled in second-fill oak, preserving the natural flavors of the vineyard. Clearly…

 — P.G.  (5/1/2009)
91
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Waters 2012 Prelude White (Horse Heaven Hills)

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Almost equal parts Roussanne and Viognier, this stylish, lively white—half of which was fermented in stainless steel with the rest in used oak—has notes of melon, crushed flowers, pear and peach. It’s full bodied with rich, sweet fruit flavors with a beautiful sense of balance that carries through to a lingering finish.

 — S.S.  (5/1/2014)
91
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Waters 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley (WA))

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Pure Cabernet, ageworthy wine. Right now it is quite tight, somewhat herbal and compact. The fruit is layered, a range from strawberry through cherry and into cassis, and it leads sharply into spicy tannins with a clear edge. This cellarworthy wine will need considerable breathing time; or pop it in the cellar for up to a decade.

 — P.G.  (9/1/2011)
91
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Waters 2007 Loess Vineyard Syrah (Walla Walla Valley (WA))

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Sourced from a small block of Syrah at the estate vineyard of Leonetti Cellar, this is the top wine from Waters. Though the fruit is still young, it already shows strength, clarity and persistence. Vanilla cracker, sweet caramel, rich strawberry and white pepper mingle seamlessly. And the best is yet to come.

 — P.G.  (9/1/2010)
91
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Waters 2004 Interlude Red (Columbia Valley (WA))

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Roughly half Cab, half Merlot with a splash of Cab Franc, this excellent Bordeaux blend comes on with well-ripened fruit, pretty cherry flavors accented with barrel notes of kahlùa, espresso and smoke. Concentrated and smooth throughout, it is the star of this new winery’s first lineup of wines.

 — P.G.  (6/1/2006)
90
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Waters 2007 Forgotten Hills Vineyard Syrah (Walla Walla Valley (WA))

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Clean and fresh strawberry fruit flavors rush from the glass; while in the mouth the wine also reveals an earthier side of the Syrah grape. The fruit and loam are further enhanced with streaks of raw meat and seaweed; complex and long-lasting.

 — P.G.  (9/1/2010)
90
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Waters 2006 Forgotten Hills Vineyard Syrah (Walla Walla Valley (WA))

  1. $40

From 10-year-old vines at a vineyard in the foothills of the Blue Mountains east of town, this is a lush and loamy Syrah, smelling and tasting of moist earth, game and blood. There are some roasted tomato flavors along with light red fruits, but this is no wimpy wine; in fact, it gathers strength and concentration as it sits in the mouth, suggesting that it needs…

 — P.G.  (5/1/2009)
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