Drank this alongside an '06 Monteti and this was good, but didn't compete. Bing cherry which give way to dark notes, lots of acidity. I would have had a hard time guessing this was a WA wine. Definitely a good wine for the price.
A big change for the better from a mere 8 months ago. The bouquet has jumped to life with penetrating cherry kirsch and flower market, buttressed with garrigue and loam, some Asian spice and pipe tobacco. By gosh, it's quite Bordeaux-like. Perfectly weighted and agile, it lays fully across the tongue and generates very pleasing esters throughout the mouth and olfactory receptors. Not deeply layered, but enough nuance and tertiary notes to lend interest to the article. New World alcohol mediated by some lively acidity, this is a fantastic pizza wine! Just hitting it's stride and can probably sail at this level for several more years. 4+12+16+8 = 90
Lighter ruby/garnet color, about 60% opaque. A wide, clear meniscus and very slow legs with a tiny portion of sediment in the bottle. Low-level aroma featuring red berry jam and licorice, sweet tobacco, fennel, and a bit of river stone. The alcohol is unavoidable but much less offensive than the bottle I had a year ago. Palate is consistent with the bouquet and the minerality shows up with nice graphite and a little umami. Smoother and stretching out longer into the finish than before, this probably still has better days ahead. Although I don't know if it will ever fully kick the abv intrusion. 4+11+15+8= 88
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(Waters Winery Interlude Red Wine Columbia Valley) A lightly aromatic wine with olive, dry chocolate, and tobacco. The palate is sensuous and soft with elegant flavors that glide on the finish. 57% Merlot, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Malbec, and 3% Cabernet Franc. 1,550 cases produced.
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