2007 Waters "Interlude" Walla Walla Valley Red Blend

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90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2007 Interlude, a blend of 55% Merlot, 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 17% Cabernet Franc, aged in 25% new French oak for 14 months. Dark ruby-colored, it offers up an attractive perfume of cedar, spice box, cassis, and black currant. Plush on the palate, it has ample ripe fruit, good balance, and a fruit-filled finish. It can be enjoyed now and over the next 6-8 years." (10/09) A new addition to our lineup is the 2007 Waters Interlude ($26.99) from Waters Winery in Walla Walla, Washington. Waters is a fairly new winery, having started in 2005, but they have been turning out some outstanding wines in that short time under the hand of Jamie Brown, former winemaker at James Leigh Cellars. The 2007 Interlude is their Bordeaux-style blend, using fruit from outstanding vineyards throughout Washington State. This wine shows great Washington character from the first sniff, with scents of bright red fruit and earthy spice leading to a mouthful of generous fruit and lush texture. All of this is complemented by balanced acid, silky tannins and a long finish, making this delicious now and a great one to cellar. (Doug Davidson, K&L)

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Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/19/2009 | Send Email
Walla Walla blends are becoming my go to picks for customers because I can't imagine anyone not liking them. Everyone always comes looking for California reds and I find myself saying more and more, "How do you feel about Washington?" The Waters has enticing aromas of rich black fruit with more juicy violet flavors on the palate. But the wine is restrained and only gives you exactly what you need - a rare thing in the U.S. these days.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- Washington has become one of the most important wine producing states in the United States, and development continues to grow rapidly. In 1969, when California was exploding as a wine producer, Washington had only two wineries, but by 2000 that number had passed 100. Most of Washington's grape crop goes to uses other than wine. Merlot and Chardonnay have been the most successful in Washington. It's interesting to note that Washington's prime wine regions are located at 46° north, along the same latitude as the legendary French wine districts of Bordeaux and Burgundy. During the summer, Washington averages more than two hours more sunlight each day compared to California.