Melange Founder's Red Blend

Melange Founder's Red Blend

Tasting Notes

Bright raspberry and pomegranate aromatics lead into flavors of maraschino cherry, white pepper and sweet oak. Soft, approachable tannins are rounded on the mouthfeel, finishing wiht notes of baking spices and cherry cola.

Winemaking Notes

Vintage: 2016

Varietal Blend: 22% Malbec, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Sangiovese, 18% Merlot, 11% Syrah, 10% Cabernet Franc

pH: 3.77

TA: 5.6 g/l

Alcohol: 13.5%

Oak: 20% new American Oak

Fining: None

Malolactic: 100%

Yeast: Andante

Bottling Date: Aug 4, 2017

Acclaim

88 points

2012 Vintage

Jun 01, 2014

Robert Parker Wine Advocate

90+ Points

2010 Vintage

Oct 01, 2013

International Wine Review

This is our favorite of
the Waterbrook red wines. It offers an interesting, spicy,
dark red cherry nose and a fresh, fruit-infused palate. Nice
dark red fruit flavors persist to a medium dry finish. Very
good value.

88 Points - Best Buy

2010 Vintage

Apr 01, 2013

Wine & Spirits

88 Points

2010 Vintage

Feb 28, 2013

Wine SpectatorHarvey Steiman

87 Points - Best Buy - Top 10 Red Blend

2010 Vintage

Jan 09, 2013

Snooth.com

Spicy on the nose with early hints of fennel and bitter chocolate being joined by a bit of char, some fresh herb notes, black currants and lots of toasty oak. This enters the mouth with classic medium-bodied balance. A bit tight at the moment, with lovely balance between the slightly herbal and savory, almost leathery fruit that's sprinkled with a touch of peppery spice and the gentle black currant and plum fruit. The texture is smooth and held together well by the polished tannins and adequate acidity. Chocolate and herbs pop on the back end and linger on the finish along with wild black cherry jam that sits just beneath some spicy oak shavings.

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Gregory Dal Paz

Great American Values

2009 Vintage

Oct 15, 2012

Wine SpectatorHarvey Steiman

88 Points

2009 Vintage

Sep 01, 2012

Wine EnthusiastPaul Gregutt

88 Points - Best Buy

2009 Vintage

Aug 01, 2012

Wine & Spirits

"This blend, mostly cabernet, merlot and syrah, leads with fresh aromas of red cherry; its flavors are more in the syrah camp, with a hint of olive. A succulent, honest red, and a steal at the price. For summer barbecues."

Luke Sykora

Bronze Medal

2009 Vintage

Jun 25, 2012

San Francisco 2012 International Wine Competition

Silver Medal

2009 Vintage

May 22, 2012

Decanter World Wine Awards 2012

Gold Medal

2009 Vintage

Apr 30, 2012

Tasters' Guild 25th Annual International Wine Judging

Waterbrook took the gold for its 11-varietal red blend, the 2009 Melange Noir during the Tasters' Guild International Wine Judging April 25-28, 2012in Grand Rapids, MI.
Congratulations Waterbrook!

Silver Medal

2008 Vintage

Mar 22, 2012

San Diego International Wine Competition 2012

2011 M lange Red

2011 Vintage

Dec 01, 2011

Tasting Panel Online

"Smooth and juicy with ripe flavors of plum, black raspberry and spice; lush, complex and balanced; long and fresh."

Anthony Dias Blue

90 Points - Top 100 - Best Buy

2007 Vintage

Jun 01, 2010

Wine & Spirits Magazine

"This bright blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese and Cebernet Franc has a caramel scent to go with its dark cassis flavors. Balanced, clean, fruity and bight, it's got the dusty Sangiovese tannins for braised beef." - Wine & Spirits, June 2010

89 Points

2007 Vintage

Apr 25, 2010

Wine Spectator

"Lithe and distinctive, with a harmonious range of blackberry, raspberry, cherry and space mindling effortlessly on the light, refined finish" - Harvey Steiman, May 31,2010

Harvey Steiman

Excellent - Best Buy

2007 Vintage

Mar 25, 2010

Wine Press Northwest

"The number 4 founded winery in Walla Walla remains in the hands of winemaker John Freeman, and his blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Sangiovese continues to earn shelf space in the market"

Best Buy - Outstanding

2006 Vintage

Oct 01, 2008

Wine Press Northwest

Top Value Red Under $15

2006 Vintage

Aug 08, 2008

GourmetJames Rodewald

89 Points - Top Value - Smart Buy

2006 Vintage

Jul 28, 2008

Wine SpectatorHarvey Steiman

Recommended

2006 Vintage

Jul 01, 2008

Pattersons Tasting PanelAnthony Dias Blue

Top 20 Red Wines from WA State

2005 Vintage

Mar 31, 2008

Food & WineRay Isle

89 Points - Best American Red Wine

2005 Vintage

Dec 01, 2007

International Value Wine Awards: WineAccess Magazine

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