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Spring Valley Vineyard 2008 Uriah Red Wine - Review

Walla Walla Valley, Washington

Our Selection for Wine of the Week October 3, 2011

A bottle of Spring Valley Vineyard 2008 Uriah Red Wine, our wine of the week

Spring Valley Vineyard
2008 Uriah Red Wine

Walla Walla Valley, WA

Shari Corkrum's family has been farming the land of Spring Valley Vineyard since the mid 1800s. But it wasn't until she and husband Dean Derby planted grapes in 1993 that the land was used for wine and Spring Valley Vineyard was born. Their wines debuted in 2001 and have been garnering critical acclaim ever since. Currently, the winery produces Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Cabernet Franc. But it is best known for a red blend called Uriah, considered to be one of Washington's finest wines. The 2008 Uriah is made from 53 per cent Merlot and 36 per cent Cabernet Franc, rounded out with a touch of Petit Verdot and Malbec. Its complex aromas draw you in with black currant, orange zest, licorice, bramble and a bit of spice. Well-structured, its up front fruit is a burst of cherry and blackberry. Then, the wine evolves toward the middle of the palate to more earthy flavors like licorice root and coffee. On the finish, it lingers impressively long with a final note of chocolate and espresso. The 2008 would benefit from a bit of aging. But if you can't wait, try it with simple foods that will allow the wine to shine, like a roast chicken, lightly seasoned filet mignon or grilled lamb chops.

Rating: 14.5/20

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(Updated: 10/04/11 BH)

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