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2012 Waters Winery Forgotten Hills Syrah

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

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91+ Stephen Tanzer

...Lovely perfumed lift to the musky aromas of black raspberry, flint, earth, white pepper and violet. Juicy and taut...peppery coolness, lower alcohol and inner-mouth tension. Finishes with suave, fine-grained tannins and lovely peppery persistence...a bit sweeter and more pliant...

91James Suckling

This has a ripe and plush feel, some slightly jammy candied blackberries, plums and dried figs. Mocha oak adds savory elements. Glossy cassis finish.

90The Wine Advocate

Slightly more supple and and blue fruits, underbrush, spice and peppery nuances to go with a medium to full-bodied, fresh and nicely textured profile on the palate.


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.


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.