Waterstone Winery

7072658523 708 First Street
Napa, CA 94559
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Three vineyards, four Zinfandels and one shared passion for the pursuit of small lot, single-vineyard wines are the driving force behind one of California's newest wineries, Z-52 . Seasoned winemaker Philip Zorn and veteran wine executive Brent Shortridge wear all the hats at Z-52, and their dedication to distinctive Zinfandels is evident at every turn. The heart and soul of this boutique winery, named for the shared “Z” in both Zinfandel and Zorn, (the 52 references the 52 weeks in a vintage year, 52 rows in Agnes' Vineyard, and 52 cards in a full deck) is its commitment to producing high-end Zinfandels from some of the oldest vineyards in the Lodi and Amador County regions. Z-52 ‘s minimalist approach to winemaking embraces the notion that terroir and its influence on grape character is essential to producing outstanding Zinfandel.

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  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

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  • Last week I wrote up some reviews on “value priced” Pinot Noir, and I received a few comments asking if it was worth spending a few more dollars on wines costing a bit more. It was a fair question, and one I myself had explored just a week or two early when I compared “value priced” Sauvignon Blancs with wines costing just a few dollars more. Th... Read More

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  • Waterstone Pinot Noir Carneros 2009

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    The modest age here does show through on the nose where one finds a bit of a sweet earthiness and some tarry tertiary notes adding complexity to the core of candied, vanilla scented black fruit. Smooth and initially almost delicate in the mouth, this quickly becomes dominated by the oak with little fruit left to buffer the wood tannins and modes... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Waterstone Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2010

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    Attractive in the glass. Some oaky bouquet, some leathery, soil aromas. Initial palate sensation is that this is a fairly light Cab. Flavors are primarily earthy. Tannin sneaks up on you. Since the initial impression is that the wine is watery, the fact that after a couple tastes, there is a lot of around-the-edges-of-the-tonge dryness come... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Jon turned me on to the Waterstone the other day, but I haven't cracked it, yet.I can usually get Chateau Chevalier Cabernet for <$20 (barely).  Ch. Chevalier is a second label for Spring Mountain Winery.  This wine is also designated Spring Mountain District.  So, it is a brutally big and tannic wine.  But if you are grilling steaks or somethin... Read More

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  • I need a great Under $20.00 bottle of wine for .  A wine party competion    Whomever brings the best under $ 20.0 bottle of wine in a  blind taste test wins.I want to win  any secret bottles under 20 I can bring to blow away the competition Wine Drinker Read More

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  • Waterstone Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2009

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    Smoky on the nose yet bright with fresh red currant and lightly jammy blackberry fruit, all cupped in a gently sweet vanilla note. A touch rough around the edges, this shows some noticeable wood tannin in the mouth with good acidity adding some freshness to the dark cherry/blackberry flavors. There's also noticeable oak sweetening the palate an... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Waterstone Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2009

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    classic napa cab. Read More

    Wine review by davethewav9


  • Waterstone Syrah Carneros 2006

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    Equilibrado con gran final Read More

    Wine review by lobotomy


  • Waterstone Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by Teppo


  • Waterstone Merlot Napa Valley 2008

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    A soft wine with some leather and black cherry. Really enjoyable and easy to drink. Stands up even against spicy food. Read More

    Wine review by kate statton


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