Review: 2009 Waterbrook Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

By: Duane Pemberton
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(Seattle WA 4/10/2013) – A brand of Precept, Waterbrook Winery is a relatively large producer in Walla Walla Washington and is also one of the older wineries in the area. It has wide distribution on a national level so finding its wines shouldn’t be too difficult.

Technical Data: 

  • Varietal blend: 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Malbec, 5% Petit Verdot
  • Appellation: Columbia Valley
  • pH: 3.62
  • TA: 0.6 (g/mL
  • RS: None
  • Alcohol: 13.2%
  • Vineyards: Canyon Ranch, Mirage, Seven Hills
  • Oak: 33% New Oak (54% American, 22% French, 24% Hungarian)
  • Price: $25

Nose: One of the most pronounced strawberry I’ve ever had on the nose in any wine. I also get bing cherries, white pepper, big-league chew gum, star anise, leather and cocoa.

Taste: Once it opens up (it’s still young), this wine exhibits a very good cab that showcases how well a cab can be made in Washington for the money – in fact, I think Washington State does it the best compared to any other region in the world. It has all the classic Cabernet Sauvignon notes I adore and melds into a very luscious mid palate that leads into a finish that hangs out for weeks.

W.E.P. Rating: 120%