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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.

Related Links
Wine Peep's profile on Watermill Winery


Such a shame to hear! I too loved the Saviah 2005 Malbec and generally have loved all of Richard's wines so I have been looking forward to giving this one a try.

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