That said, I have visited with Adam twice in the last 12 months. I visited about 9 months ago, and then about 3 months ago. So, this review is waaaaay over due. And for good reason, I am still very thrilled to promote these wines. Because they were lovely!
"The 110 cases that came out of ’08 are a blend of 68 percent merlot, 18 percent cabernet sauvignon, 12 percent cabernet franc and 2 percent petit verdot. All of which brings up the question of origin. Campania Rosso is a pretty Italian-nodding name, but those grapes? That’s straight-up classic Bordeaux. What’s up with that?" posited popular wine and spirits journalist and author Amy Zavatto in Edible East End magazine.
“My wife is Italian, and that’s where her family from. They moved here before and after World War II, and her dad first, and then her mom after, they came here to restart their lives.” Jim Waters told Zavatto.
"Sniff at it, and there’s the gorgeous, dark, juicy fruit: black and red cherries; dribbly plums; a little cigar box and baking spice lingering around the edges of your tongue when you sip and the bright, buoyant zip of acidity that keeps the party sitting up straight at the table," Zavatto wrote of the CR 2008.
Anna Ijima Lee wrote in Wine Enthusiast, "A touch of leather adds intrigue to bright cherry and fresh herb aromas in this Long Island Bordeaux-style blend...Medium bodied in style with a refreshing spray of acidity."
I thought the wine was wonderful. Big cherries, with layers of flavors throughout! And with a couple of years of age on it, I thought it was tasting incredible.
The Waters Crest Cabernet Franc 2010 ‘Grand Vin’ is an incredible wine. These bottles represent hand picked bunches, the best of the best, and then go through a second sorting process at the winery on crush day on the sorting table. This is a select wine for a reason. The wine is all kinds of cherry - Bing cherries, ripe cherries, and dark cherries, with a double dollop of cocoa and espresso. The wine was aged 21 months in 100% French Oak. Fantastic wine. Couldn't help myself. Drank the bottle I bought less than a week later.
The Waters Crest Cabernet Franc 2013 exhibited many of the same characteristics, except that the brighter notes of cherry were more prevalent. All though the color and depth truck me as slightly darker. Easy to drink now, but don't! Lay this bad boy down ASAP and don't touch for at least 7 years. It will absolutely reward you!!!!
Jim Waters won't be in Men's Journal anytime soon. Nor will he be leading the next avant guard wine movement. But he will be making some very, very special wines. And you need to make your way to his new tasting room, ask for Adam, and settle in for a powerful and impressive tasting! He's getting some very nice notices from some very good people in the business. If you haven't bubbled them up to the top of your tasting rounds, you need too!