2010 Spring Valley Vineyards "Uriah" Walla Walla Valley Red

SKU #1143302 94 points Wine Spectator

 *Top 100 Wines of 2013, Highly Recommended* Vivid, complex and inviting, offering a lively mouthful of red berry, black cherry, mint and mocha flavors that linger effortlessly against polished tannins. Has depth and distinction. Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. Drink now through 2020.  (12/ 2013)

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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.

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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.