This month we are making our Wine Club trip to the region of Walla Walla, Washington. We are proud to present wines from Waterbrook Winery. Never straying from its principles to create fruit-forward, varietally correct wines, Waterbrook marked 35 years of winemaking in 2019. In that time it has earned more than 100 combined Best Buys and 90+ point scores.
We hope you enjoy them as much as we do. Cheers!
Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2014
Aromas of toasty oak with bright, ripe bing cherry. Medium bodied on the papate with well rounded tannins and flavors of deep red fruit, all-spice, white pepper. Long finish with supple notes of cigar box and tanned leather.
90 Points ~ Wine Spectator
92 Points ~ James Suckling
- Roast Beef, Roasted Lamb
- Grilled Vegetables
Aromas of vanilla and pineapple fill the nose while the palate opens with Bartlett pear and golden delicous apple.
- Chicken with cream sauce
- Fried Chicken
- Scallops or fatty white fish
Mélange Founders Red Blend 2017
Pungent aromas of blueberry, plum, fresh herbs, flower, smoke and sweet spice lead to ripe, soft blue-fruit and herb flavors with black currant notes on the finish. Pleasing sense of balance.
89 Points ~ Wine Enthusiast
- Beef and Veal
- Assorted cheeses
Columbia Valley Washington is located on latitudes between 46 and 48 degrees north with climates that are perfect for ripening wine grapes. Both Washington State and Bordeaux share many similar attributes but Washington State offers a bit more: it’s reliably dry and brings none of the disease and rot that plague the Old World. The Columbia Valley is a winemaker’s dream. With low rainfall, long and warm sunny days in the peak of summer and a diurnal shift (day to night temperature differences of more than 40 degrees) that locks in acids for great flavor and balance, this largest and most diverse viticultural region in Washington State offers a full artists’ palette of varieties for their winemaking team.
In Columbia Valley, Waterbrook’s Canyon Vineyard Ranch (Yakima Valley AVA) is an incredible 300-acre vineyard near Prosser, WA. It is influenced by basalt sediment in its loam, left by ancient floods. It produces award-winning Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Sangiovese, Gewurztraminer and much more. The Benches (Horse Heaven Hills AVA) – Dramatic, tiered blocks on more than 750 sandy loam acres step from 1,500 feet to near sea level along the mid-Columbia River. Sweeping winds and a sun-maximizing aspect produce ripe grapes with thicker skins that result in integrated tannins and full flavors. More than 20 varieties grow here.
Born in San Francisco and raised in Napa Valley, Winemaker John Freeman was destined to be in the wine industry. John’s initial work in California included seven years at Franciscan Vineyards and an additional five spent as the Cellar Master at Miner Family. Charmed by the Walla Walla Valley, John decided to move to Washington in 2002. He started at Waterbrook Winery in January 2003 as Assistant Winemaker and was promoted to Winemaker in January 2005. John wholeheartedly believes in
Waterbrook’s mission to produce premium, value wines for all to enjoy. From vine to bottle, he and his team carefully manage every step of the winemaking process to ensure the overall complexity, balance and consistent quality that Waterbrook wines are known for.