Balance and expression of the unique Spring Valley terroir are the goals for this Right Bank-style wine. Complex layers of herbal notes, orange zest, and almond paste on the nose evolve into complex aromatic notes of summer berries, candy, and cigar. Ultra-rich, round flavors of ripe berries and bright summer fruit along with soft polished tannins lead to chocolate, caramel, and vanilla notes on the spectacularly long and complex finish. A very "Bordeaux-driven" wine and a perfect expression of Spring Valley.
60% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petit Verdot, 6% Malbec
"Tight, with a red pepper edge to the cherry, currant and multiple spice flavors, echoing impressively on the mildly chewy finish. Needs time to gain some flesh. Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. Best from 2011 through 2017. 2,600 cases made."
"The 2007 Uriah Merlot Blend contains 60% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Franc, with the balance Petit Verdot and Malbec. It is considerably more complex aromatically than the Muleskinner cuvee with enticing notes of black fruits and Asian spices. Full-bodied and still tightly wound on the palate, this structured offering will benefit from several more years of cellaring. Well-balanced, smooth-textured, and long, it will have a drinking window extending from 2014 to 2027.
The Wine Advocate
"This new Uriah is 60% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petit Verdot and 6% Malbec—all estate-grown. It offers more complexity and detail than the rest of the Spring Valley line-up, and carries its almost 15% alcohol well. Whiffs of wood smoke, tobacco, and marzipan lead into a lovely mix of red fruits, spices and barrel flavors. It’s just a bit hot in the finish; and the tannins seem attenuated, but that may be due to its youth. A fine bottle. "