Watermill 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon
What I Drank With Dinner (WIDWD)
With a fondness for Walla Walla cabernet and an appreciation for Richard Funk's winemaking skills, I was excited to try his Watermill 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley, a bottle I purchased at retail for $24.
You may recall me going nuts over Funk's 2005 Malbec back in October, which he produced under the Saviah label, a winery he founded in 2000. Through that experience, I learned that Funk holds down a second job as winemaker at Watermill Winery, which is located in Milton Freewater, Oregon, a town 10 miles south of Walla Walla.
Unfortunately, the Watermill cab (14.1%) was just too sweet and woody for Kari and me. On the eyes, this blend of 75% cab and 25% merlot was a deep inky purple. On the nose, it offered dusty black fruit, spice, and earth notes. On the palate, I tasted gobs of candied cherry with tobacco, spice and a lot of oak. The acidity was decent, but the candied fruit and oak flavors overpowered our meal.
Our experience essentially matched the tasting notes found online at Watermill's web site: Our cabernet is a food friendly wine, presenting clean flavors of cherry, wood and spices. This wine offers delightfully smooth tannins, exceptional balance and a finish ending in a pure expression of fruit.
However, I found the tannins to be a bit astringent, which might smooth out over time. But with all that strong wood and over ripe fruit in there, I am not sure one should expect a lot from this wine years from now. Then again, many who prefer this style would be just as well off buying and drinking this now.
As for me, I would pass on this wine and instead seek out more Funk's other wines, whether they be under the Watermill or Saviah labels.
Wine Peep's profile on Watermill Winery