A collaboration between veteran winemaker Philip Zorn and longtime wine executive Brent Shortridge, Waterstone Winery was formed in 2000 when the two men were introduced and discovered a shared interest in creating luxury wines at affordable prices. Bringing together their previously established relationships with Napa Valley growers and vintners, the pair set out to develop balanced wines of varietal character through intelligent sourcing. Preferring to focus on the wine itself rather than the accumulation of land and facilities, Zorn and Shortridge own no vineyards themselves, nor do they own the facility where their wines are made. Dedicated winemaking, strong relationships with top growers and long-term grape contracts are the keys to Waterstone’s quality and success. By sourcing grapes from Napa Valley’s climatic zones that best suit their development, Waterstone produces balanced wines that are earnest expressions of both the grape and the land from which it comes.
This exotic Syrah offers aromas of ripe berries and white pepper, with hints of mocha and tobacco. This theme carries through to the rich mouthfeel, where it is married with jammy blackberry, a touch of mineral, and nicely integrated oak.