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2013 Waters Winery Forgotten Hills Syrah

ITEM 7975684 - Removed from a subterranean wine cellar; Purchased direct from winery; Consignor is original owner

Bidder Amount Total
$30
Item Sold Amount Date
I7989686 1 $26 Oct 31, 2021
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RATINGS

92The Wine Advocate

...aromas of cigar wrapper, rich soil and dusty blackberry fruit that nod to the Old World. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, rich and layered, with an attractively savory core of fruit and a long finish marked by powdery tannins.

91Stephen Tanzer

Aromas of blackberry, violet and licorice. Harmonious Syrah with excellent concentration and juicy ripeness to its spicy blue and black fruit flavors accented by minerality. Finishes with sweet tannins and a whiff of fresh blood. Nicely balanced from the outset.

90James Suckling

This has a range of fresh-herb notes with bright red plums in abundance. The palate is smooth and fresh with zesty, succulent red to dark-berry flavors, sparking lively on the slightly drying finish.

PRODUCER

Waters Winery

Waters Winery was founded in 2005 in Walla Walla by Jason Huntley, whose family had been in the area for five generations. He hired Jamie Brown as winemaker, and the estate became known for limited production Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. In 2013 the estate was sold to Doug Roskelley and Mike Tembreull, who also own Tero Estates and Flying Trout Wines, both of Walla Walla. Jamie Brown remains the winemaker at Waters, which makes Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Roussanne/Viognier blends, and red blends.

REGION

United States, Washington, Walla Walla Valley

Walla Walla Valley AVA likes to call itself the Napa Valley of Washington, and given the concentration of well-reviewed wineries in the appellation, the comparison is understandable. The Walla Walla appellation is comprised of 340,000 acres, of which 1,200 acres are vineyards. Walla Walla is located in the southeastern corner of Washington and it extends slightly into northeastern Oregon. It is named after the Walla Walla River Valley, and the city of Walla Walla is the commercial center of Washington’s wine industry. The city was founded in the 1840s by the Hudson’s Bay Company as a trading post, but as early as the 1850s farmers were planting grapes for winemaking. Prohibition shuttered winemaking in the early 20th century, but a winemaking renaissance started in the 1970s when Leonetti Cellars, still one of the state’s most acclaimed wineries, started producing acclaimed Cabernet Sauvignon. Walla Walla’s AVA status was awarded in 1984 and today there are more than 100 wineries. Cabernet Sauvignon is the most frequently planted grape, followed by Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Sangiovese Chardonnay and Viognier.

TYPE

Red Wine, Syrah (Shiraz)

This grape is grown in milder climates and produces a medium-to full-bodied wine. It is also known as Shiraz, but should not be confused with Petit Sirah, which was developed by crossing Syrah with Peloursin.