2007 Spring Valley Vineyard "Uriah" Walla Walla Valley Red Wine

SKU #1055020

92 points from Wine Spectator: "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." (April 30, 2010) 92 points Wine Enthusiast: "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." (05/10) 92+ points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "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." (08/10)

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 By: psusfca |  Review Date: 8/18/2010 
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Year in, year out, the Uriah from Spring Valley is one of my favorite wines. It is just so yummy - structure, some tannins, fruit, all there. And the finish lingers. If you have not tried this one yet, do it. This wine would easily be double if it were from Napa or Sonoma fruit.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
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Washington

- Washington has become one of the most important wine producing states in the United States, and development continues to grow rapidly. In 1969, when California was exploding as a wine producer, Washington had only two wineries, but by 2000 that number had passed 100. Most of Washington's grape crop goes to uses other than wine. Merlot and Chardonnay have been the most successful in Washington. It's interesting to note that Washington's prime wine regions are located at 46° north, along the same latitude as the legendary French wine districts of Bordeaux and Burgundy. During the summer, Washington averages more than two hours more sunlight each day compared to California.