• Mélange Founder's Red Blend



    88 Points2012 VintageRobert Parker Wine AdvocateJune 1, 2014
    90+ Points2010 VintageInternational Wine ReviewOctober 1, 2013

    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 Buy2010 VintageWine & SpiritsApril 1, 2013
    88 Points2010 VintageWine SpectatorHarvey SteimanFebruary 28, 2013
    Best Buy, Top 10 Red Blend2010 VintageSnooth.comGregory Dal PazJanuary 9, 2013

    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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    Great American Values2009 VintageWine SpectatorHarvey SteimanOctober 15, 2012
    88 Points2009 VintageWine EnthusiastPaul GreguttSeptember 1, 2012
    88 Points, Best Buy2009 VintageWine & SpiritsLuke SykoraAugust 1, 2012

    "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."

    Bronze Medal 2009 Vintage2012 San Francisco International Wine CompetitionJune 25, 2012
    Silver Medal 2009 Vintage2012 Decanter World Wine AwardsMay 22, 2012
    Gold Medal2009 VintageTasters' Guild 25th Annual International Wine JudgingApril 30, 2012Waterbrook 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 Medal2008 Vintage2012 San Diego International Wine CompetitionMarch 22, 2012
    88 Points2011 VintageThe Tasting PanelAnthony Dias Blue December 1, 2011

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

    90 Points, Top 100, Best Buy2007 VintageWine & SpiritsJune 1, 2010

    "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 Points2007 VintageWine SpectatorHarvey SteimanApril 25, 2010

    "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

    Excellent, Best Buy2007 VintageWine Press NorthwestMarch 25, 2010

    "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, Outstanding2006 VintageWine Press Northwest October 1, 2008
    Top Value Red Under $152006 VintageGourmetJames RodewaldAugust 8, 2008
    89 Points, Top Value, Smart Buy2006 VintageWine Spectator Harvey SteimanJuly 28, 2008
    Recommended2006 VintageThe Tasting Panel Anthony Dias BlueJuly 1, 2008
    Top 20 Red Wines from WA State2005 VintageFood & Wine Ray Isle March 31, 2008
    89 Points, Best American Red Wine2005 VintageInternational Value Wine Awards: WineAccess MagazineDecember 1, 2007
    What to Sip2005 VintageReal SimpleDecember 1, 2007

    Waterbrook 2005 Melange recommended as what to sip for the holidays

    89 Points2014 VintageWine SpectatorNovember 30, -0001
    89 Points, Extreme Value2014 VintageWine SpectatorNovember 30, -0001

    tasting notes

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

    winemaking notes

    • Vintage: 2016
    • Appellation: Columbia Valley
    • Grape Source: Doval, CVR, Pepper Bridge, ADH, WB Estate, Skyfall, Mirage, BMV, Blackrock, Red Willow
    • Varietal Blend: 22% Malbec, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Sangiovese, 18% Merlot, 11% Syrah, 10% Cabernet Franc
    • Oak: 20% new American Oak
    • Yeast:  Pasteur Red, Andante, Premier Cuvee
    • Aged: 10 months
    • ML: 100%
    • TA: 5.6 g/L
    • PH: 3.77
    • Fining: None
    • Alcohol: 13.5%
    • Bottled: August 4, 2017