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Spring Valley Vineyard Uriah
2009

Spring Valley Vineyard Uriah
Wine Details
Vintage
2009
Varietal
54% Merlot,35% Cabernet Franc, 7% Petit Verdot, 4% Malbec
Appellation
Walla Walla Valley
pH
3.74
Aging
18 months in 100% French oak, 60% new barrels
Alcohol %
14.5
Wine Spectator
92
Wine Enthusiast
92
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$55.00
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SKU: 8858600214

A refined nose with scents of cherry jam, wheat fields, clove, and pepper leads into a bright, firmly structured wine full of fresh strawberry, raspberry, and cassis fruit flavors and a balanced level of acidity. This wine is rich, generous, and seamless. Elegant, sweet tannins linger on a long and complex finish.

Wine Details
Vintage
2009
Varietal
54% Merlot,35% Cabernet Franc, 7% Petit Verdot, 4% Malbec
Appellation
Walla Walla Valley
pH
3.74
Aging
18 months in 100% French oak, 60% new barrels
Alcohol %
14.5
Wine Spectator
92
Wine Enthusiast
92
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
A refined nose with scents of cherry jam, wheat fields, clove, and pepper leads into a bright, firmly structured wine full of fresh strawberry, raspberry, and cassis fruit flavors and a balanced level of acidity. This wine is rich, generous, and seamless. Elegant, sweet tannins linger on a long and complex finish. ~ Serge Laville, Winemaker
Vineyard Notes
Spring Valley Vineyard lies12 miles northeast of Walla Walla, amid the picturesque wheat fields of southeastern Washington with the Blue Mountains providing the backdrop. The initial block of Merlot was planted in 1993 on a south-southwest facing hillside. The vines follow the north- south slope of the hills in vertical rows, an orientation that, combined with the declination of the slope, allows the vines to take optimal advantage of air drainage, sunshine, and the reflective nature of the surrounding wheat fields. Great care is taken when caring for the vineyard. Every grape is tended by hand, including crop thinning, leaf pulling, and harvesting, as well as hand-burying individual canes to protect them during the winter in southeastern Washington.
Winemaker Notes
A long winter and cool spring in the Walla Walla Valley delayed bud break to early May, but nice weather in June and hot temperatures in July and August accelerated ripening and led to fruit with bright acidity and good sugar levels. Harvest began relatively early, in the second week of September, and was effectively finished before a fall freeze hit the valley in early October. Spring Valley Vineyard fruit is hand-picked, hand-sorted, and gently de-stemmed by gravity. During the 10-20 day fermentation, each tank is tasted daily until Serge decides it is time to press using wooden cage basket presses. In keeping with Spring Valley tradition, originally instituted by founding winemaker Devin Corkrum Derby, hand punchdowns occur twice a day until the end of alcoholic fermentation. The wine is transferred by pump into barrel for secondary fermentation, and then gets racked several times for clarity.
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