HEY WASHINGTON STATE, IT’S ME, K2, DO YOU MISS ME?: A LITTLE BIT OF LOVE FOR WATERBROOK, OR MY CONTINUING LONG DISTANCE LOVE AFFAIR WITH THE EVERGREEN STATE

Brother Lou dropped in with some more Washington State magic:

Waterbrook Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley 2010.  Grade=Outstanding.  Crisp and light with lemon/lime zest, hints of cilantro and jalapeno and touches of lemongrass and fresh cut straw.

Waterbrook Pinot Gris Columbia Valley 2010.  Grade=Outstanding.  Round and supple, yet balanced with hints of pear, green apple, melon and lime.

Waterbrook Melange Blanc Columbia Valley 2010.  Grade=Outstanding.  A blend of Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewurtztraminer, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier, this Pac NW version of the Conundrum style has a little something for everyone:  a touch of sweet Golden cherries and key lime, notes of tangerine, peach and white flowers, and crisp and lively acidity for balance.

Waterbrook Chardonnay Columbia Valley 2009.  Grade=Outstanding.  With 5% Viognier, this rather viscous, aromatic white shows off peach, apple and other assorted stone fruit notes, slight creamy textures with white spices and white flowers resonating through to the finish.

Waterbrook Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia V alley 2008.  Grade=Outstanding.  Impressive value, this medium-to-full-bodied Cab has smooth tannins, chewy black fruits and hints of spice and oak.  Really nice.

Waterbrook Merlot Columbia Valley 2008.  Grade=Outstanding.  As always, the bar for Washington State Merlot, for me, is high, yet this one falls a bit short.  Not saying it’s bad.  On the contrary, it is a solid, well-made Merlot with black cherry and dark plum notes, medium body, and good grip, but I wanted a little more.

Waterbrook Melange Noir Columbia Valley 2008.  Grade=CORKED!

Waterbrook Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2008.  Grade=Amazing.  Really incredible for clocking in at $20 (or any price point for that matter).  Dense, concentrated black berry fruits, velvety tannins, full-body and notes of blackberry, tobacco, cedar and chocolate.

Waterbrook Merlot Reserve 2008.  Grade=Outstanding.  Another solid effort, dark plums, mocha, tobacco, mint and spices.  Again, I was expecting more.  Waterbrook, unlike many other Washington State wineries, seems to make bigger Cabs (I usually find other WA wineries with bigger Merlots).

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