| Wine Advocate 89 points (Dec 2012)
The Waters 2009 Syrah Forgotten Hills illustrated the fascinating but not especially ripe array of flavors that proprietor-winemaker Jamie Brown evidently prizes. Smelling mouthwateringly like lentils in ham stock laced with sage and black tea, its further intimations of red fruits usher in a tart-edged cherry and rhubarb on a grainy palate, leading to a persistently interactive and for red wine downright bracing finish. ?We had (relatively) large clusters and high skin-to-juice ratio here, yet you get strength of character,? notes Brown. And it?s a character, I hasten to add, that won?t be everybody?s cup of Syrah infusion! It should however be very interesting to follow for at least the next 3-5 years.