Vino Veritas: Spring Valley Vineyard “Uriah” 2007
60% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petite Verdot, 6% Malbec
How do I compress the deliciousness that is the Spring Valley Vineyards “Uriah” into short, coherent sentences? Know what? I probably shouldn’t even try.
Much like the 2006 vintage of “Uriah”‘s brother wine “Frederick” from Spring Valley Vineyards, the 2007 vintage of Uriah steps up from a previous outstanding vintage and raises the bar on quality. I am typically not a huge fan of Merlot based wines, I’m sure I’ve mentioned that before, but when done right (and “Uriah” is so done right) they can be fantastic examples of the winemaking art.
The fruit for “Uriah” is sourced entirely from Spring Valley’s own Walla Walla Washington vineyards (land purchased by the namesake himself, Uriah Corkrum, and tended by his descendants), no doubt with an attention to quality that borders on the obsessive. The winemaking is also, no doubt, equally as attentive with lots of literal hand-holding, to yield one of the best Merlots I’ve had the pleasure to taste in a very long time.
“Uriah” deals in layers of complexity, the nose is dark, very slightly rasiny, and just a little bit smoky, not of char-smoke but more like some sort of really rich herb-perfumed tobacco. The taste is beyond rich with notes of dark cherry and blackberry and a taste that I can only describe as dried blueberry which are kind of like raisins but entirely not. All of this complexity is backed by very agreeable tannin and a lasting finish that evolves toward chocolate and vanilla.
“Uriah” is altogether too delicious to pass up and Spring Valley Vineyard, being a part of the Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, means wine drinkers should be able to find it in whatever state they reside in, though perhaps in limited quantity. I recommend the effort involved and the price of admission, which is not small, but considering other comparable (and many inferior) wines have much higher price tags it is worth the effort and expense.