Waters Syrah 2005

Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Washington

Price: $19.99
Item No. 103270
  • WE90
Style: Earthy & Spicy

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.2%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.

Winemaker's Notes

This wine was made by blending lots from several vineyards—both cool and warm sites—which allowed for a natural balance of acidity and ripeness, as well as keep the alcohol level in check. The wine was aged primarily in French oak, with a small percentage of Hungarian and American oak for added complexity. After 14 months in barrel, this wine was aged for an additional six months in bottle before releasr in May 2006.

The 2005 vintage is stellar! A "text book" growing season, followed by a long fall with warm days and cool nights produced wines with great acidity balanced with fine ripe tannins. Comprised primarily from the Yakima Valley's Minnick Vineyard, we also blended in lots from Les Collines and Forgotten Hills from the Walla Walla Valley.

Classic aromatics associated with old world Syrah shine through, including bright, juicy notes of blueberries, white pepper, cloves and a hint of forest brambles. On the palate, crisp acidity and moderate tannins are met with notes of rich leather, black cherry and smoked game. The liveliness of this Syrah would be a perfect match for the richness of caramelized root vegetables, garlic mashed potatoes and good old American pot roast!

Critical Acclaim

"This is a thoroughly delicious wine, pure-blooded Syrah from three vineyards. It puts bright, clean raspberry fruit right up front, then layers in a hint of bramble and earth against a foundation of firm, fine-grained tannins. It’s authoritative, substantial, straightforward and absolutely tongue-riveting, a brilliant combination of finesse, tension and balance."
90 Points

Learn About Waters

Waters was founded in 2005 based on our indelible belief that the Walla Walla Valley terroir is capable of producing some of the best wines in the world. Our winemaking approach is influenced by our preference for distinct, "old world" wines that express the “time and place” of their origin. We are inspired by wine’s influence on various cultures throughout history, and the experiences around great food and relationship. We are intentional about making wines that carry on these traditions.

Learn About Walla Walla Valley

So nice, they say it twice... Sharing part of the valley with Oregon, Walla Walla is on the southeast side of the Columbia Valley. It is primarily red grape land, with Cabernet Sauvignon leading in the vineyards, followed by Merlot and the ever-growing and very popular, Syrah. In the 1990's, as Washington State was gaining more acclaim for its red wines, Walla Walla was...

Read More About Walla Walla Valley

Learn About Syrah/Shiraz

(seh-RAH/shee-RAHZ) It's a Smokin' Grape Syrah and Shiraz - same grape, different name. It's a popular and adept variety, growing in multiple regions and creating many different styles of wine. The home base of Syrah is the Northern Rhone, where it creates the exclusive wines of Hermitage and Cote Rotie. On the less pricy side, the Rhone makes Syrah-based wines in Crozes...

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