When we go to Walla Walla in June, one of the wineries we want to visit is Watermill. Established in 2005, the winery is actually located in Milton Freewater, Oregon, 10 miles from downtown Walla Walla. Earlier this month, Wine Press Northwest named Watermill Winery the “Oregon Winery to Watch.”
In fact, Watermill Winery has won so many awards that I can’t believe I hadn’t tasted their wines until a few weeks ago, when wine enthusiast Bob Silver introduced me to Watermill’s superb 2006 Syrah. I never hesitate to try what Bob suggests, because he was the one who introduced me to Nicholas Cole Cellars and Otis Kenyon wines a few years ago, and I quickly became a fan of both of them. So when Bob pulled out a bottle of Watermill 2006 Syrah, my expectations were high.
The wine did not disappoint! Released in 2007, this $24 bottle of Syrah received 93 points (and Best Buy) from Wine & Spirits, 90 points from Wine Enthusiast and a gold medal at 2009 Northwest Wine Summit. This little beauty boasts Syrah’s signature combination of spice and smoke, but its “happy” flavors exceed the traditional. From the tasting notes:
Aged completely in French oak barrels, this treat will give its imbibers a cornucopia of happy flavors — spicy floral overtones peppered with lilacs, anise and a fragrant smokiness. Once drenched in such zesty deliciousness, won’t your palate be surprised by the silky embrace of this wine’s finish?
Only 292 cases were produced – I hope some are left by the time we get to the Walla Walla area by June!
Thanks, Bob, for the introduction to Watermill!