Waters Winery 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Last week was the end of Washington Wine Month and it just happened that the last day of the month was also National Cabernet Day. Can there be any better national holiday than Cabernet Day, I think not. After searching thru my cellar for just the right Washington cab to open I came across the 2012 Waters Winery Cabernet Sauvignon.
Even though I knew that this wine still has years to sit and improve I wanted to try it now, sometimes we are just impatient, lesson to always buy 2 or more bottles so you can test them as they mature.
I popped open the bottle in the late afternoon and poured a glass and savored it all evening. As it sat in the glass it changed and opened into a beautiful glass of wine that I know given a few more years in bottle will be a real treat.
The first sip this wine seemed thin and not a robust Cab. With time in the glass its backbone appeared and it had very nice structure. As I enjoyed this wine I got lots of fruit in the glass from blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries. These fruit appear on the nose as well and I did get graphite/pencil shavings also.
This wine improved thru the evening as I stated and I had a glass on day two and it was still strong and lovely. Day 3 it started to go down hill but with food it was still a nice glass of wine.
The 2012 Waters Cabernet Sauvignon is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and comes from the Columbia Valley AVA. The grapes come from 3 vineyards, Cold Creek, Olsen, and Candy Mountain. Once the grapes are made into wine they are aged in 35% new French oak and the rest in neutral French oak.
As with all great Cabernets most people go for the steak pairing, check out my Steak with Cabernet Sauce recipe, simple and delicious!
Waters Winery is located in Walla Walla but has a tasting room in Seattle's Sodo neighborhood. I highly recommend stopping in and trying their wines, from White and Red Blends to Syrah, Merlot and Tempranillo. But grab a bottle of the Cabernet ($50.00) and cellar it for a few more years!