Waterstone Winery2004 Cabernet Sauvignon
Waterstone Winery, started in 2000, is a collaboration between negociants Philip Zorn and Brent Shortridge. The German-born Zorn previously made wine at Sunny St. Helena, Gauer Estate, Paraiso Springs and Tria.
Zorn made this Cabernet combining fruit from four different Napa Valley AVAs. The wine is showing sweet berry, some depth, balance, and restraint. It’s an excellent wine with lots of potential for aging perhaps as long as a dozen years.
The grapes were hand-picked. Following destemming, the fruit was stainless steel-fermented and received extended skin contact before being transferred to barrels. The wine was aged in French oak barrels for 18 months, 70 percent of which were new. The listed alcohol is 14.8 percent and there were a whopping 12,500 cases produced.
Shortridge and Zorn also make Zinfandel for their Z-52 label.
Reviewed November 1, 2006 by Alan Goldfarb.
Other reviewed wines from Waterstone Winery
2002 Late Harvest Semillon
(Napa Valley)Alan Goldfarb 11/1/2006
Alan Goldfarb has been writing about and reviewing wine for 17 years. His reviews have been published in the St. Helena Star, San Jose Mercury, San Francisco Examiner, Decanter, and Wine Enthusiast, among others. Not once has he used a point system, star system, or an iconic symbol to quantify a wine. What counts in Mr. Goldfarb’s criteria when judging a wine is: how it tastes in the glass; is it well-constructed; its food compatibility; and presence of redeeming regional attributes.