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2017 Estate Nebbiolo

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2017 Estate Nebbiolo
2017 Estate Nebbiolo

Unknown to many on the distribution side, Watermill has been growing Nebbiolo at our Dugger Creek vineyard for more than a decade. A staple of our wine club and tasting room, Nebbiolo provides a nice lighter/medium bodied alternative to our regular lineup of heavier Bordeaux and Rhone reds. As a varietal that thrives in the dry but cool climates of the Walla Walla Valley, the Nebbiolo is a limited release showcase of the diversity of our vineyards and the quality of Leonard Brown’s grape growing.

Tasting notes

Brickish is the best word to describe this wine, the natural result of the coloration from skin contact on this lighter-pigmented grape. Bright red fruit is tart on the front, think more cherry and crab-apple then raspberry, and the finish is distinctly Nebbiolo. A touch of the green tannin on the back makes this a lively drinker that is reminiscent of hotter weather island reds from Corsica and Greece. Like the color, this wine is light and lively.

Production notes

All Watermill wines are hand picked late in seasons for maximum ripeness. They are then gently pressed in small volumes and undergo inoculated fermentation in 1 to 1.5 ton small lot fermenters. The wine sits on the skins for more than two weeks where it undergoes additional maceration through punch downs and pump overs for color and tannin integration before being transferred to barrel. This Nebbiolo underwent an extended aging period of 30 months in neutral barrels to soften Nebbiolo’s sometimes prominent tannins.

Varietal Composition100% Nebbiolo
AppellationWalla Walla Valley
VineyardDugger Creek Estate Vineyard
Aging10 months 10% New French Oak, 90% Neutral French Oak
Volume750 ml
Cases Produced112
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