By: Christie Brunick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/25/2013 | Send Email
Easily one of my favorite wines coming out of Washington on a year to year basis over the last decade is the Spring Valley Vineyards Uriah. Made in the style of a Right Bank Bordeaux, this Merlot and Cabernet Franc-based blend has consistently impressed me with its finesse, spice and true varietal flavors. This year’s blend is 46% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Malbec, which is the most Cabernet Franc I can remember being in the final blend. To me, this component makes the wine, with its pretty floral, bay leaf and pencil shaving aromas and flavors of blueberry, olive and lavender. The 60% new oak here adds a persistent coffee/mocha quality that dovetails nicely into the wine and is never obtrusive. Complementary flavors of sandalwood, ink, wild berry and black currants round the wine out on the dense but fresh finish. A stunning Uriah if there ever was one.