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2010 Waterbook Melange Blanc- Review

By Duane Pemberton
Winery website: www.waterbrook.com

This 2010 Melange is made by Waterbrook winery, one of Walla Walla’s oldest wineries and has done a really good job of establishing itself on a national level as a solid Washington producer. This Melange Blanc is a “field blend” of varying white varietals from one of the cooler years – 2010.

Technical Data:

  • Varietal blend: 39% Riesling, 18% Pinot Gris, 14% Gewürztraminer,  10% Chardonnay, 10% Sauvignon Blanc, 9% Viognier
  • Appellation: Columbia Valley
  •  pH: 3.17
  • TA: 0.74
  • RS: 2.10%
  • Alcohol: 11.8%
  • Vineyards: Canyon Ranch, Bosma, Willow Crest, Den Hoed, Oasis, Carpenter
  • Oak: 8% Neutral barrels, 92% SS
  • Fining: Bentonite
  • Aging: 7 months
  • Malolactic: None
  • Yeast: Premier Cuvee, X5
  • Harvest Dates: 9/30/10 – 10/28/11
  • Bottling Dates: 5/5/2011
  • Cases Produced: 7,195
  • Price: $15

Nose: Pear, green apple, white flowers, peach, mango, hint of jasmine tea, mango, kiwi and a hint of hibiscus.

Taste: An interesting mix going on the palate here – it’s a bit disjointed, frankly as it comes across as a white that doesn’t really know what it is. Having said that, it does retain some good fruitiness – all over the map – and exhibits a nice nose. The acidity is good and the mid-palate is not bad either. A slightly off-dry finish – would go well with Thai food, flounder or even sushi.

W.E.P. Rating: 90%