Waitsburg Cellars ‘Three’ Red & White Wine Blends
Introducing the newest wine adventure of Washington State’s foremost wine authority, Paul Gregutt: the release of Waitsburg Cellars wines. Waitsburg Cellar’s goal is to make wines that are authentic expressions of their grape varieties (or blends), that are crisply defined, impeccably balanced, immediately appealing, and yet also age-worthy. The wines are meant to be focused examples of things that Washington state vintners do better than anyone in the country. The collection explores new and untraveled paths, as well as reinvigorates certain varietal wines that had fallen out of favor in recent times.
Best known for his Wine Adviser column in the Sunday Seattle Times Pacific Northwest magazine, Paul is the Northwest editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine, and a founding member of its Tasting Panel. Over the years, his reviews and features have run in Sunset, Decanter, and many other fine wine industry publications. Waitsburg Cellars is the first foray into winemaking that Paul has endeavored.
Waitsburg Cellars 2012 Three Red Blend
Blend: 73% Merlot, 20% Malbec, 7% Mourvedre
Vineyard Source: Canoe Ridge and Alder Ridge, Walla Walla, WA
The “Mmm” sound you’re bound to make when drinking Waitsburg’s Three pairs well with the three ‘M’ varietals: Merlot, Malbec, and Mourvedre. Sourced from Canoe Ridge and Alder Ridge vineyards near Walla Walla, Washington.The 100% malolactic fermentation gives this luscious blend a soft, curvy appeal, and the oak aging (5 months in neutral barrels) offers grip and structure. Make Three a candidate for your cellar for the next decade.
Tasting note, from Paul Gregutt: “I wholeheartedly believe that [Merlot and Mourvedre] grapes, along with Malbec, represent three of the finest varieties grown in Washington State, and when blended together, they seem to bring out the best in each other. Three is ripe and fruit-forward, but has the grip and structure to cellar over the next decade.”
Waitsburg Cellars 2013 Three White Blend
Blend: 60% Grenache Blanc and Picpoul, 40% Marsanne
Vineyard Source: Boushey Vineyard, Yakima Valley, WA
Sourced from the famous Boushey Vineyard, which grapes have been used to produce some of the most critically acclaimed Washington wines, Three‘s Grenache Blanc, Picpoul, and Marsanne create a refreshing and unusual Washington white.
Tasting note, from Paul Gregutt: “This wine is aromatic, dry, and detailed. The first impression in both nose and mouth is of lemon cream, perhaps due to a small percentage being aged in new barrels for a short period of time. White peach, pink grapefruit and Meyer lemon fruit flavors continue, with that same lovely creaminess in the mouth. The finish is long, crisp, and persistent, with a light vein of mineral and metal. All in all this is a very fine addition to the Aromatics lineup, drinking well immediately but also suitable for aging over the next several years. It has the grip and structure of a fine French wine.”
Information about Waitsburg Cellars, Paul Gregutt, and ‘Three’ sourced from the Precept Wine website, found here.