2015 Waterbrook Merlot Reserve Columbia Valley

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About the Wine

Established in 1984, Waterbrook Winery is a Walla Walla, Washington pioneer. Today it features a state-of-the-art winery, a tasting room with year-round events, hospitality, and a 49-acre estate vineyard in the Walla Walla Valley AVA. Winemaker John Freeman masterfully handcrafts wines that are true-to-variety, full of depth and structure and representative of the Columbia Valley’s best.

The Columbia Valley is a winemaker’s dream, with low rainfall and long sunny days during the peak of summer. When paired with the diurnal shift—hot days and long, cool nights—the result is a concentrated and well-pronounced flavor that locks in perfectly balanced acidity. This largest and most diverse viticultural region in Washington state offers a full artists’ palette for our winemaking team.

Their namesake vineyard, Waterbrook Estate, was first planted in 2009 on the former site of homesteader Uriah Corkrum’s historic wheat fields in the Spring Valley area. Unique silt loam soils with a little sand hold in moisture, and its hot days and cool nights capture great acids and sugars. Waterbrook Estate Vineyard enjoyed its first harvest in 2012 and continues expanding its plantings with Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Chardonnay.

Tasting notes: Red Wine. 100% Merlot. Aromatics of dark, ripe black fruits and dark chocolate. The nose leads into toasty oak and baking spice notes expressed on the palate along with sweet, red fruit flavors and robust tannins. 


Attractive deep plums and mulberries with a gently earthy and spicy edge. Nicely ripened. The palate has a supple, smooth and fleshy texture, plenty of spiced plums, and easygoing tannins. Drink now. ~91JS

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