Wine Spectator

2014 Waitsburg Cellars Cheninieres - 90 Points, Wine Spectator
Sleek and lively, with polish to the pear and floral flavors, picking up a white grapefruit note as the persistent finish lingers easily. Drink now through 2018. 565 cases made. -HS

2014 Waitsburg Cellars Chevray - 91 Points, Wine Spectator
Fresh, crisp and vital, this is nicely fleshed out with pear, green apple, lemon curd and spice flavors on a sleek structure that finishes gracefully. Combines presence and refinement. Drink now through 2022. 708 cases made.–HS

2013 Waitsburg Cellars Cheninieres - 90 Points, Wine Spectator
Tautly focused, this dry white is generous in flavor, offering tangerine-accented pear and quince notes that swirl together and persisting on the generous finish. Shows presence and depth. Drink now through 2017. 265 cases made. -HS

2013 Waitsburg Cellars Chevray - 90 Points, Wine Spectator
Crisp in balance and silky in texture, balancing the pear, tangerine and floral flavors on a thread of refined acidity as the soft finish expands. This has generosity and sleekness. Drink now through 2016. 280 cases made. -HS

2013 Waitsburg Cellars Three White - 90 Points, Wine Spectator
Soft, generous and distinctive, with orange melon, green pear, Meyer lemon peel and spice flavors that come together on the open-textured finish. Grenache Blanc, Marsanne and Picpoul. Drink now through 2017. 450 cases made.-HS

2012 Waitsburg Cellars Cheninieres - 91 Points, Wine Spectator
This tight, crisp, lip-smacking style offers focused quince and citrus flavors on a deftly distributed frame, lingering enticingly on the finish. A stylish version, with the ability to age. Drink now through 2016. 148 cases made. -HS

2012 Waitsburg Cellars Chevray - 90 Points, Wine Spectator
Fresh and vibrant, with juicy pear and honeydew melon fruit on a crisply balanced, slightly off-dry frame, persisting impressively on the generous finish. Drink now through 2016. 209 cases made. -HS

2012 Waitsburg Cellars Riesling - 90 Points, Wine Spectator
Sleek and silky, with honey-inflected pear and grapefruit flavors that linger on the off-dry finish. Drink now through 2016. 165 cases made. -HS

2011 Waitsburg Cellars Three Red Blend - 90 Points, Wine Spectator
Fresh and vibrant, with tension among the black cherry, mint and spice flavors, mingling effortlessly on the long and deftly balanced finish. Merlot, Malbec and Mourvèdre. Drink now through 2016. 297 cases made. -HS

2012 Waitsburg Cellars Pinot Gris - 88 Points, Wine Spectator
Soft and appealing, featuring almond and apricot flavors, finishing dry, with a hint of melon. Drink now. 210 cases made. -HS

 

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate


2015 Waitsburg Old Vine Cheninieres - 91 Points
"Lightly colored, the 2015 Cheninieres Old Vine Chenin Blanc (100% Chenin Blanc) has beautiful, racy notes of lychee, citrus, white flowers and ample minerality and rocky notes. It's medium-bodied, refreshing, clean and balanced, with vibrant acidity. It's terrific today, but it should keep for at least a year or two (and I'm sure longer if you're so inclined)."

2015 Waitsburg Old Vine Cheninieres - 89 Points
"Just slightly darker in color than the Cheniniers (both are lightly colored), the 2015 Chevray Old Vine Chenin Blanc (100% Chenin Blanc) offers more stone fruits, apple and spice notes on the nose, with a touch of honeyed minerality. It, too, is vibrant and refreshing on the palate yet offers a richer, textured style. Drink it over the coming year or two."

2015 Waitsburg Old Vine Cheninieres - 87-89 Points
"The 2015 Columbia Valley Cabernet Franc looks to be solid. Offering notes of dried flowers, assorted black (some red) fruits and spice, it's charming and supple on the palate, with plenty to love."

2015 Waitsburg Old Vine Cheninieres - 87 Points
"A blend of Grenache Blanc, Marsanne and Picpoul, the 2015 Three White sports a light gold color to go with the clean, crisp, mineral-laced notes of white flowers, citrus blossom and spice. Clean, crisp and thoroughly enjoyable, it's a perfect meal-start to enjoy over the coming year."

Reviewed by Jeb Dunnuck, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate issue #231, Jun. 2017

2014 Waitsburg Cellars Cheninieres - 91 Points
"I loved the minerality in the 2014 Cheninieres Old Vine Chenin Blanc, and this wine (raised all in stainless steel) has a steely, fresh, chiseled style to go with lots of crushed rock, stone fruits, citrus peel and white flowers. It's terrific today, but should have a decade of longevity."

2014 Waitsburg Cellars Chevray - 90 Points
"Also outstanding, the 2014 Chevray Old Vine Chenin Blanc is more supple and forward, with a sweet nose of chamomile, lemon, honeysuckle and crushed mint. Medium-bodied, nicely textured and nuanced, it's a great counter point to the fresher, more laser focused Cheninieres. It too should have an interesting evolution going forward."

Reviewed by Jeb Dunnuck, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, Jun. 2016

2013 Waitsburg Cellars Three White - 90 Points
"My favorite of the lineup, the 2013 Three White is an outstanding blend of 53% Grenache Blanc, 40% Marsanne and the rest Picpoul. It’s medium-bodied, pure, clean and lively, with lots of apple blossom, buttered citrus and hints of tangerine all showing on the nose. Possessing both richness and freshness, with some Marsanne bitterness on the finish, enjoy this beauty over the coming year or two."

Reviewed by Jeb Dunnuck, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, Jun. 2015

2012 Waitsburg Cellars Cheninieres - 89 Points
"Bone dry, lively and fresh, the 2012 Chenin Blanc Cheninieres (100% Chenin Blanc from Snipes Mountain) offers up exotic, if not a touch funky, aromas of lime zest, citrus, orange blossom and saline-like minerality on the nose. This complex, focused and beautifully delineated wine has medium-bodied richness and solid mid-palate depth. It will be a perfect meal starter over the coming handful of years. Drink now-2015."

2012 Waitsburg Cellars Chevray - 90 Points
"More perfumed and floral, with less minerality and pretty lavender, wild herbs and white peach aromas and flavors, the 2012 Chenin Blanc Chevray, also 100% Chenin Blanc from Snipes Mountain, has a richer, fuller feel on the palate, with beautiful fruit, a mouth-filling texture and clean, perfectly integrated acidity. Not as dry as the Cheninieres, it's a beautiful, delicious white that's hard to resist. It also represents a great value. Buy this beauty by the case and enjoy it over the coming year or two. Drink now-2014."

2012 Waitsburg Cellars Riesling - 88 Points
"Starting off the whites and a solid Riesling that has good typicity, with tropical and lychee styled fruit, the 2012 Riesling (100% Riesling that's all from the Minick Vineyard, vinified all in stainless steel) is medium-bodied, fresh and balances its sugar and acidity beautifully with a clean finish. Overall easy drinking and delicious, it will be a crowd pleaser and should be consumed over the coming handful of years. Drink now-2015."

2012 Waitsburg Cellars Three Red Blend - 90 Points
"Made by Paul Gregutt and John Freeman, the 2012 Three checks in as a blend of 73% Merlot, 20% Malbec and the balance Mourvedre that spent 20 months in mostly French oak, all of which were older neutral barrels. It offers up ample spiced red and black fruits, dried earth, violets and background, savory peppery nuances to go with a medium-bodied, balanced and beautifully put together feel on the palate. I don’t think it will make old bones, but it should be better in another year or two and drink nicely through 2022."

2011 Waitsburg Cellars Three - 88 Points
"The only red I was able to taste and a fun blend of 64% Merlot, 20% Malbec and 16% Mourvedre that had a third aged in new French oak, the 2011 Three (which refers to the three winemakers, vineyards and grape varieties in the blend) is bright, brambly and fruit driven with plenty of wild berry, pepper and underbrush as well as a lively, fresh texture on the palate. Up-front, easy drinking and delicious, it is a solid red that will continue to drink nicely through 2019. Drink now-2019."

Reviewed by Jeb Dunnuck, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate issue #207, Jun. 2013


Wine & Spirits


2014 Waitsburg Cellars Chevray - 92 Points
Old vines from Upland Vineyard in the Yakima Valley produce the fruit for Paul Gregutt’s homage to Vouvray, with four grams per liter of residual sugar and plenty of ripeness and power. It leads with attractive scents of lemon and lees, a racy whiff of white flowers. The flavors, though, are seductive and creamy, the lemon and apple notes delineated cleanly by a zinc-like mineral frame. (713 cases)