To maintain the unique characteristics of the different lots from varying areas of the vineyard, Chief Winemaker Laurie Hook monitored each of the lots through vinification and aging. The wines were then aged in a combination of seasoned oak barrels with a small amount of new oak for 17 months to both round and soften the tannins and bring in some additional spice notes. The foundation of the Waymaker is Syrah, a varietal that demonstrates great richness and generosity from Camatta Hills. Cabernet Sauvignon comprises the majority of the balance of the blend, and lends great depth of fruit as well as lifted spice notes. Finally, a portion of Petite Sirah was blended in for its aromatics and rich, inky color.
Wine SpectatorSturdy if rather one-dimensional, with modest notes of cracked pepper, dark plum and graphite. The tannins are a bit gritty. Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Malbec, Grenache, Mourvèdre and Tannat. Drink now through 2019. 6,473 cases made.