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Beresan Stone River 2005

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Beresan, a Walla Walla winery, is the work of Tom Waliser and family. The winery, named after the region of the Ukraine the Walisers are from, is located in a two story barn built in 1926 that was remodeled for Beresan in 2003.

Unlike many Washington wineries, Beresan uses mostly estate fruit. Fruit not from the estate vineyards come from vineyards that Beresan’s owner, Tom Waliser, manages. Complete control over the fruit and winemaking produces results that are quite frequently spectacular.

The 2005 Stone River is no exception. This is a complex, rich, evolving wine that is extremely enjoyable now but should lay down for a number of years.


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Beresan Stone River Walla Walla Valley 2005

Holy smoke Batman! Smoky syrah nose jumps out of the glass (make sure you have your wine away). A rich, luscious mouth feel. Opens and expands with a long finish. After decanting, a fascinating nose shows through will full-on pomegranate juice, lychee, and berry. This is complimented by Panda bear licorice laced with milk chocolate when the wine is not swirled. An excellent, complex wine. 35% Cabernet; 25% Syrah; 25% Merlot; 15% Cab Franc. Waliser (41%), Yellow Jacket (49%), and Pepper Bridge (10%) vineyards. 14.1 % alcohol. 420 cases produced.

$35

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2 comments

  1. swordfern Says:
  2. Panda bear licorice!

    I love this tasting note. Sounds like a great wine; I will keep my eye out for it.

     
  3. Anonymous Says:
  4. A damn wine wine in spite of all the adjectives!

     

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