2010 Waters Tremolo Red Walla WallaBlend from United States
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Winery Tasting Notes "Aromas of dried rose petals, savory herbs, a hint of smoke, and rich, slate-y soils are followed by dark spices, new leather, and a cedar-y note of on t...
- 91 Wine Spectator
- 90 Stephen Tanzer - Vinous Media
91 Wine Spectator
"Broad, complex and savory, featuring a mouthful of earthy, loamy black cherry, licorice and watermelon rind flavors that sail into the long and distinctive finish. Syrah and Grenache. Drink now through 2017. 270 cases made." Reviewed Dec 15, 2012
90 Stephen Tanzer - Vinous Media
"(just 12.5% alcohol; 92% syrah from Forgotten Hills vineyard and 8% grenache): Moderately saturated bright medium red. Slightly reduced but vibrant nose offers strawberry, red cherry, musky spices and herbs. Sappy and juicy, with a strong spice character to the salty, peppery red berry and sour cherry flavors. Savory rather than sweet and downright uncompromising. Finishes distinctly cool and youthfully imploded, with a smooth dusting of tannins and lingering notes of pepper and flowers. This idiosyncratic midweight should make a very flexible companion at the dinner table." Reviewed November, 2012
Winery Tasting Notes
"Aromas of dried rose petals, savory herbs, a hint of smoke, and rich, slate-y soils are followed by dark spices, new leather, and a cedar-y note of on the palate. The finish adds dark fruits like prunes and boysenberries, plus notes of white button mushrooms. A great summer red, enjoy this juicy bottle with a rosemary-rubbed, chicken or a grilled mushroom burger. (Be sure to have that on grilled sourdough with a slice of melting Beecher's Flagship Cheddar!)"
At Waters, we are known for all our wines, but especially our single vineyard Syrahs. Our Forgotten Hills Vineyard is a very, very challenging vineyard. The whims of Mother Nature more often than not, leave us with little of its truly spectacular fruit. In 2010, we did indeed get fruit, but it didn’t offer the same characteristics that our 'FH devotees" look for every year. At the same time, our Old Stones vineyard produced some inspiring Grenache; however, not quite enough to be used solo. Thus, Waters has produced its first ever Syrah blend: 92% Syrah and 8% Grenache, all aged in neutral oak.
Winemaker Jamie Brown refers to this wine as "his Gigondas," referring to Chateauneuf-du-Pape's younger cousin in the Southern Rhône region of France. Tremolo is very much a Water's wine, the way it echoes its relations in the Old World.
|Region||Walla Walla Valley Washington|
|Sub-Region||Walla Walla Syrah|
91 - Wine Spectator
90 - Stephen Tanzer - Vinous Media
|Varietal(s)||Syrah / Shiraz, Grenache / Garnacha|
|Taste||currant, blueberry, blackberry, strawberry, black currant, dust and leather|
|Nose||spice box, cedar, dark fruit, vanilla, toast, smoke, tobacco and red fruit|