Wine Advocate 87 points - Based on fruit that he didn’t feel was characteristic of that which has otherwise informed a Forgotten Hills Syrah - and blended with 8% Grenache from young Old Stones vines surely too little to justify his having called the results “my Gigondas” and a smidgeon of Viognier - Waters’ 2010 Tremolo is scented with resinous green herbs, tar, and smoky black tea. Bitter suggestions of huckleberry and juniper offer a nod toward dark berries of a sort at least on a lean, firm palate, with smoke, tar, sage, rosemary and fennel reprising in a persistent, rather austere but just juicy-enough finish. “I’ve wanted to make a wine like this for a decade, and nature gave us the opportunity this year” Brown told me, adding “I’m a Nebbiolo fan,” an analogy that’s certainly far more appropriate to that of Gigondas, and especially if one thinks of old-style, unapologetically tannic Piemontese red. I’m skeptical about this wine’s aging potential but perhaps it will fill-out just a bit and become friendlier overall; there isn’t a track record that could guide anyone in prognosticating. (Dec 2012)
Wine Spectator 91 points - 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. HS
(Dec 15 2012)
Waters was founded in 2005 by Jason Huntley and winemaker Jamie Brown. They released their first wines in 2006 and a year later opened a 5,000 square foot sustainable winery. Their winemaking is influenced by a preference for old world style wines that emphasize the terroir of Walla Walla Valley, where they own several vineyards. Their range of wines includes small lots of Cabernet Sauvignon, single vineyard Syrah, Interlude a Bordeaux style blend, Viognier and Rose.