Waters Winery

Waters Winery Bottling 2006 Vintage

About

Waters is an artisanal boutique winery producing a few thousand cases of small lot bottlings, aimed at reflecting an underlying sense of time and place. Waters produces just a few thousand cases of small-lot bottlings each year, aimed at reflecting the unique character of each varietal and the qualities of the land that they come from.

Location Description

Located in the heart of Walla Walla, Washington.

Features

  • Producing award winning wines.

Additional Information

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Average Bottle Price

$ 45

Winemaker

As Jamie Brown will gladly concede, his love and knowledge of making music has helped him become an intuitive winemaker. “Just as songwriting to me means anticipating a melody without changing its natural direction; winemaking entails appreciating what nature gives you in order to shape the way a wine is made.”

Being raised in Walla Walla, Washington, means the same to every graduating senior—time to move! Jamie was no different. He immediately began his pursuit of music, landing in Seattle in the midst of a wave of alternative sound (aka grunge). After opening and operating a successful music store, his clients became his teachers. Some of them paid with wine, very fine wine.

With a nose for great, ‘old world’ wines and a desire to learn more, Jamie was drawn back to the Walla Walla Valley to study the art of winemaking alongside winemakers such as Rusty Figgins (Glen Fiona), Eric Dunham (Dunham Cellars), and Jean François Pellet (Pepper Bridge, Amavi), before earning his first reviews as the winemaker at James Leigh Cellars.

Since its beginning, Jamie Brown’s talents have facilitated the successes of Waters Winery as well as its subsequent endeavors, 21 Grams and Wines of Substance, both collaborations with winemaker and Master Sommelier, Greg Harrington (Gramercy Cellars). As Jamie would attest, wine is indeed made in the vineyard. Jamie has overseen the development of Waters’ three estate vineyards and works closely with Waters’ partner vineyards.

Waters’ unique single vineyard Syrahs are a testament to Jamie’s appreciation for the unique expressions each vineyard and vintage bestows.

Besides wine, Jamie continues to play music though his audience tends to be a bit closer to home. He’s a full time dad to Gavin and depending on the season, you can find them biking, hiking, skiing, watching baseball, and definitely playing video games!

History

Founded in 2005.

Estate Vineyards / AVA

Antoine Creek:

Antoine Creek is our farthest vineyard, but worth the drive. The vineyard sits just outside of the Lake Chelan AVA but inside of the Columbia Valley AVA. It is more northern than most of the vineyards we work with. Due to its lack of intense heat spikes, this site produces fruit with great structure and ageing potential.

Alder Ridge:

Alder Ridge is the most breathtakingly picturesque of our vineyards. Atop a 1000 ft cliff alongside the Columbia River and on steep, south-facing slopes, this spot recieves only 5 inches of rainfall per year. At 800 acres, it is the biggest vineyard we work with.

It lines the border between Oregon and Washington on the Washington side about 15 miles from Patterson and near... nothing. It is one of the most remote sites in Washington, which is to say, the nation.

Awards

93 | 2007 Pepper Bridge Syrah
Ripe and round, fleshy but not weighty, brimming with sassafras-accented cherry and guava flavors that linger on the pure, refined finish. The tannins are a bit crisp. Needs some cellaring. Best from 2012 through 2017. 298 cases made.

91 | 2007 Forgotten Hills Syrah
Supple, focused, elegant and refined, this weaves black olive, green olive and mineral notes through dark berry and wet earth flavors, mingling harmoniously as the finish rolls on. Drink now through 2017. 514 cases made.

91 | 2007 Interlude
Smooth and polished, this beguiling wine offers a plush mouthful of bright raspberry, cherry and chocolate flavors, finishing with a creamy note. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2015. 1,024 cases made.

90 | 2007 Columbia Valley Syrah
Fresh and vibrant, offering a lively mouthful of blueberry and plum flavors accented with hints of mineral, chalk and green olive as the finish sails on against refined tannins. Best from 2011 through 2015. 1,054 cases made.

90 | Loess Syrah 2007
Ripe in flavor, this is a minerally style with a distinct floral, peppery component to its berry and spice flavors, lingering against chewy tannins. Best after 2011. 190 cases made.

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Hours

Mon:10:00–16:00 Thurs - Sun:10:00–16:00

Address

3796 Peppers Bridge Rd
Barrel Room B
Walla Walla, Washington 99362
United States

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