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Waterstone Merlot Napa Valley 2009

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Waterstone Merlot Napa Valley 2013

Waterstone Merlot Napa Valley 2013 is 100 percent Merlot

Sweet cherry, ripe plum, hints of vanilla and overtones of anise and aged leather appear in the aroma. On the palate, this generous wine features cherry, plum and blackberry fruit with supple tannins and a lingering finish.

Waterstone Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2013

Aromas of cedary oak, currants, black cherries and ripe plums are rich and concentrated on the palate. The firm tannins underlying the wine's core provide balance, leading to a long, lingering finish. The 2011 vintage is reflected in this wine, favoring balance to overt ripeness.


 "Subtle aromas of blueberry, blackberry and bramble berry follow through to full body, fine tannins and a fresh finish. Chewy and lively on the finish. Shows the tension of the great 2013 vintage in Napa Valley. Why wait? - James Suckling"

- James Suckling (January 2016), 92 pts

 92 Points
Waterstone Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley 2012

Waterstone Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley 2012 is made from 82% Sauvignon Blanc, 18% Semillon


Vintage: 2012 proved to be a perfect growing season in Napa Valley. Near-ideal spring bud break, steady flowering, even fruit set and a lengthy stretch of warm days and cool nights provided textbook conditions for the vines. Optimum ripeness was easily achieved, bringing exceptional quality into the cellar. The wines are showing a smooth balance of acids and sugars, great depth of color, and beautiful aromatics. Yields were near-normal in quantity.

Vineyards: The grapes for this wine were grown in the Nichelini Vineyard in the Chiles Valley region of Napa Valley. The region, with its clay-loam and shale soils, favors a longer growing season with its higher elevation and persistent morning fogs.

Vinification: After whole-cluster pressing, the juice was fermented to dryness in stainless steel, and did not undergo malolactic fermentation. The wine was moved to neutral one-and two-year-old French Oak barrels for 90 days, where the lees were stirred routinely to increase yeast contact and add richness. Prior to bottling, the wine received minimal filtration and fining to preserve the fresh fruit flavors.

Tasting Notes: This crisp, floral Sauvignon Blanc is accented with lemon and tangerine notes balanced by soft herbal flavors. The minimal contact with oak provides some creamy textures that complement the wine’s bright acidity, making this an ideal food wine.

Product Description

Waterstone Merlot Napa Valley 2009 is made from 100 percent Merlot

Vintage: 2009 proved to be a mild, relatively cool growing season. Without much frost nor many heat spikes, the lack of rain (2/3 of normal for the third consecutive year) did not present any challenges. Overall, the vintage provided extended hang time for the grapes without excessive ripeness, leading to forward, bright fruit with mature flavors and tannins.

Vineyards: The backbone of this Merlot is derived from the Truchard Vineyard in Carneros, where half the grapes are sourced from a relatively cool region. The balance of fruit is sourced from Chiles Valley, adding layers of rich fruit to the palate. The small berry clusters and intense fruit from low-yielding vines create a wine with full flavor and longevity.

Vinification: Vineyards were hand-picked at the peak of maturity. Following harvest, the grapes were gently crushed and fermented. The wines were then aged in small French oak barrels with extended lees contact for twenty-four months. Only 35% new barrels were used to maintain maximum fruit flavors with just a hint of toasty oak.

Tasting Notes: Sweet cherry, ripe plum, hints of vanilla and overtones of anise and aged leather appear in the aroma. On the palate, this generous wine features cherry, plum and blackberry fruit with supple tannins and a lingering finish.

Winery: Waterstone

The Waterstone Wines Estate
In this time of multimillion-dollar vineyard estates and celebrity winemaking consultants, when it seems that financial backing has replaced skill as the key to success in enology, it is rare that a simple idea can give birth to wines that stand out for flavor and balance, rather than pedigree alone. A collaboration between veteran winemaker Philip Zorn and longtime wine executive Brent Shortridge, Waterstone Winery was formed in 2000 when the two men were introduced and discovered a shared interest in creating luxury wines at affordable prices. Bringing together their previously established relationships with Napa Valley growers and vintners, the pair set out to develop balanced wines of varietal character through intelligent sourcing. Preferring to focus on the wine itself rather than the accumulation of land and facilities, Zorn and Shortridge own no vineyards themselves, nor do they own the facility where their wines are made. Dedicated winemaking, strong relationships with top growers and long-term grape contracts are the keys to Waterstone’s quality and success.

 

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Johann Michel Saint-Peray Blanc 2016

Made from 50% Marsanne and 50% Roussanne

Johann Michel Saint Peray Blanc has a shining golden yellow color. 

The wine is aromatic with white flowers such as acacia and honeysuckle. In the mouth, you will find some lanolin flavors as well as apricot and yellow ripe peach.
The finish is long, delicate and balanced.
It is waxy and very White Burgundy like.

Average age of the vines is 15 years old. 

Johann Michel owns 0.5 hectare (1.24 acre) of Saint Peray.

 

All planted on Granitic soil, with some schist vein. Aromatic with white flowers such as acacia and honeysuckle. In the mouth, you will find some lanolin flavors as well as apricot and yellow ripe peach. The finish is long, delicate and balanced.
It is waxy and very White Burgundy like.
 
Waxy and Burgundy like being the most important part of tasting wines in Saint-Peray. Most whites are thin and lacking interest. 
 
Great with fresh oysters, Grilled fish, Bresse Chicken cooked in a creamy sauce with morels ...