Like Santa on Christmas Eve night, our Heidelberg sales rep Margaret dropped off the new vintages of some of the Waterbrook wines at G-Ville for me to get to the next day. Obviously these were opened the day before I got to them, but they still showed pretty well.
[EDITOR’S NOTE: I forgot to take the picture until a few days later so one bottle was MIA.]
Waterbrook Pinot Gris Columbia Valley 2009. Grade=Outstanding. More complex than your Northern Italian PG, this light-to-medium-bodied white shows off some nice stone fruit, citrus and mineral.
Waterbrook Chardonnay Columbia Valley 2008. Grade=Outstanding. With just a splash of Viognier, this Chardonnay displays tasty apple turnover, pineapple upside down cake and banana cream pie, seeing mostly barrel-fermentation and slight malolactic fermentation.
Waterbrook Melange Noir Columbia Valley 2008. Grade=Outstanding. This kitchen-sink blend is Cab, Merlot and Syrah with a host of other supporting cast mates. Loads of black, blue and red fruits, brown spices, chocolate and coffee notes, this is an ideal red for anytime drinking.
Waterbrook Syrah Reserve Columbia Valley 2007. Grade=Outstanding. Oddly enough with 8% Cab and 3% Viognier, this full-bodied red shows off impressive amounts of red currant, blueberry and red and black raspberry notes, with hints of black pepper, brown spice, mocha and espresso underpinnings.
Waterbrook Merlot Columbia Valley 2008. Grade=Outstanding. Juicy black currants, dark plums and blackberries intermingle with elements of mint, sage, earth and brown spices. Full-bodied with a very generous finish.