Last week seemed to be a week for me of tasting up-and-coming wines of 2009. How did it happen? Luck and good timing, I suppose. Now, it is important to know that these wines have not been released, let alone the red wines are still in the barrel. However, the day they become available, these wines will definitely be worth seeking out.
I barely put my nose in the glass and the Waters Winery Forgotten Hills Syrah - 2009 screamed at me, "Coffee-Espresso-Macchiato-Americano!" The nose of this Syrah would make Starbucks pale and run away. This Southern Rhône-style Syrah has a lot to say for such a youngster. This inky wine couldn't help but to be described as, "Old World" as it brought out notes of musty earth and smoke. Dark fruits and spices of cloves and pepper were on the palate. To desribe this Syrah in one word - - "robust."
These two 2009 vintage Syrahs from Waters Winery are a fine example of powerful red wines that express the true characteristics of this dark-skinned grape that is grown throughout Walla Walla and Washington State and in fact, the world. They are truly worth waiting for. Cheers!