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Spring Valley Vineyard Uriah Red Wine 2010 £39.95
SPRING VALLEY VINEYARD URIAH RED WINE
The names given to Spring Valley Vineyard wines are a tribute to the family members who have struggled and succeeded in farming the same land where the vineyard and winery now flourish. Uriah Corkrum was the grandfather of Shari Corkrum Derby. Born in Walla Walla on June 1, 1866, he began successfully farming on his own during the 1880s. Unusual summer rain kept him from getting his harvested wheat to the warehouse so he lost everything in the depression of 1893. He persevered and, in 1897, acquired land in the area known as Spring Valley.
The 2010 Uriah is an expression of the Spring Valley terroir. The nose is refined with scents of almond paste, clove and licorice. The mouth feel is rich with flavors of cherry, currant and blackberry, sweet tannins linger during the long, complex finish.
Blend: 46% Merlot 40% Cabernet Franc 6% Petit Verdot 5% Cabernet Sauvignon 3%Malbec
The 2010 Uriah Wahluke Slope checks in as a blend of 46% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petit Verdot and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon. A beautiful wine that excels for its classy, balanced and structured feel, it gives up plenty of plum, black cherry, licorice, dusty soil and dark chocolate-like aromas and flavors that flow perfectly to a medium to full-bodied, elegant and layered feel on the palate. Seeing 21 months in 65% new French oak, it’s a smoking Washington State Bordeaux blend about 15 years or more of longevity.
I loved these latest releases from Spring Valley vineyard. They all show classic, elegant and balanced profiles that will evolve gracefully. These wines are not blockbusters and come across as slightly restrained at first, yet they blossom with time in the glass and are highly recommended.
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