Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Waters Crest Winery Has Beautiful Handcrafted Wines

Jim Waters is a home winemaker turned award-winning professional, and produces limited edition, high quality, boutique wines. All of Waters Crest’s wines are made, bottled, and labeled right on site; and visitors are always welcome to a winery tour.

I recently caught up with Jim at the LI wine tasting, and tasted several of his wines.

My favorite was the 2006 Campania Rosso. This Bordeaux style red blend is comprised of 70% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc, and 8% Petite Verdot. Lots of dark aromas abound with this wine, including currant, plum, dark chocolate and dark cherry. Good acidity, nice balance. An elegant wine. The wine received 86 Points in Wine Enthusiast!

I also liked the 2006 Merlot. The 2006 Merlot is a nice, full bodied dry red wine. This garnet colored red is rich with big fruits on the nose and on the tongue. Lot's of big, beautiful black cherries on the tongue. Only 144 cases produced.

2008 Campania Bianco was also nice. This was a bright, dry, elegant blend of 78% Chardonnay, 15% Sauvignon Blanc and 7% Riesling. Lot's of citrus notes and with hints of melon, mango, and grapefruit. Tangy, fragrant, and refreshing. Very, very nice. Only 77 cases produced.
A really lovely cross section of wines, well worth seeking out!