Spring Valley Uriah Walla Walla 2011
Bordeaux Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Washington
This is the 13th vintage of Uriah. In 2011, the Merlot fruit was rich and soft while the Cabernet Franc expressed complexity and floral components because of this the blend is both complex and balanced. The nose is terroir driven expressing wheat, hay, crushed basalt and underlying summer fruits. The palate is extremely rich and soft with notes of cassis, cherry, blueberry and hints of exotic fruits. The tannins are velvety and the wine is seamless.
Blend: 46% Merlot, 34% Cabernet Franc, 8% Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6%Malbec
Wine & Spirits - "A blend of merlot, cabernet franc, petit verdot, malbec, and cabernet sauvignon, this estate wine has an old-school feel-in its cedar scents and Walla Walla leafiness; in its dusty cherry flavors and dusty tannins; and mostly in its weighty comforting texture. The cool 2011 vintage has lent this an elegance that will gain even more definition in the cellar, if you wait. "
Wine Spectator - "Lithe, open-textured and appealing, with cherry flavors matched to refined tannins. Hints of cinnamon and floral linger on the deftly balanced finish. Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec."
Spring Valley Vineyard Winery
Spring Valley Vineyard is a limited-production winery producing only estate-grown-and-bottled red wines. For more than a century, the Corkum-Derby family has been farming the area known as Spring Valley. Grapes were first planted in 1993. Spring Valley produced its first estate grown and bottled wine, Uriah, with the 1999 vintage. Today, Uriah is one of Washington's most acclaimed red wines, and the Spring Valley family of wines has grown to include seven red wines: Uriah (Merlot-based blend), Frederick (Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend), Nina Lee (100% Syrah), Katherine Corkrum (100% Cabernet Franc), Mule Skinner (100% Merlot), Derby (100% Cabernet Sauvignon) and the newest release, Sharilee (Petit Verdot). The names given to their wines are a tribute to the family members who have struggled and succeeded in farming the same land where Spring Valley Vineyard now flourishes. View all Spring Valley Vineyard Wines
About Walla Walla Valley
Sharing part of the valley with Oregon, Walla Walla is on the southeast side of the Columbia Valley. It is primarily red grape land, with Cabernet Sauvignon leading in the vineyards, followed by Merlot and the ever-growing and very popular, Syrah.In the 1990's, as Washington State was gaining more acclaim for its red wines, Walla Walla was hailed by wine critics for its quality and sense of place. That has not changed. Many red wines from Walla Walla show not only great complexity and elegance, but ageability. Though the region is known for the red wines, the most planted white grape here is Chardonnay.
About WashingtonRelated Links:Now the number two producer in the United States, Washington State has also grown in quality.
So how does a state known for rain and coffee produce high quality wines? They plant their grapes on the east side of the Cascade mountains, away from that ever-present rain cloud that sits along the coast. Perhaps wine grapes do well since the sandy loam soils east of the Cascade range give way to an almost desert-like land, saved from drought only by the helpful rivers that run through the area – and the good irrigation systems.
Thinking that the state would do best with typical northern growing grapes like Riesling and Gewurtztraminer, turns out the apple state is well-suited for reds, namely Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and, more recently, Syrah. Of course, whites have not been forgotten - Washington State Rieslings range from bone-dry to sweet, are well-structured and high quality, and Chardonnay dominates most of the other white plantings, making a range of wines. But the reds of the region, Merlot in particular, have made Washington State a quality force to be reckoned with.
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Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.