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Watermill Winery Wines
Nebbiolo is our newest love at the winery. The classic noble grape of Piedmont, found in Barolo and Barbaresco, Nebbiolo has had more limited success outside of its homeland. Through three bottled vintages from our estate vineyards, we believe that Walla Walla can prove a successful outpost for the grape.
Dark and dense with notable chewy red currants on the front end of this wine, with a kiss of vanilla and dill from the American oak barrels. The Rocks District savory notes of earth, smoked meat, and mushrooms contrast with the rich fruit and sweet oak accents for a uniquely Rocks District take on Tempranillo.
The 2018 Estate Malbec hails from McClellan estate vineyard, at the base of the Seven Hills. Chewy tannins frame notes of blackberries, cassis, a hint of mulberry, and a touch of oak on a wine we expect to age gracefully for many years. We recently enjoyed tasting the 2008 vintage of this wine, which was still holding onto its fruit beautifully. While you certainly don’t need to hold onto this wine that long, it should reward a little time in the cellar if you have the patience.
Ripe, generous deep blueberry fruit is framed by an enticing, savory aroma of tea leaf, tobacco, herbs and a hint of cardamom. Bright blueberry and chocolate dominate the playful front and dense mid-palate, accompanied by notes of caramel and loose tobacco on the sultry and prolonged finish.
Another greatly underappreciated varietal, Watermill Viognier is a modern take on the classic Rhone style that acts as a heaver, softer and more floral alternative to chardonnay. This Viognier is a blend of fruit from the Columbia and Walla Walla Valleys, and is fermented exclusively in stainless steel with no secondary fermentation so that the wines true essence can shine through.
A new varietal for Watermill, the Carménère is a trial exercise in what is varietally possible within the Walla Walla Valley. Carménère is often referred to as South American Merlot, and Watermill makes Carménère in the ancient Bordeaux style that highlights the playful nature of the varietal and provides for a distinct flavor profile that is unique in the Watermill lineup.