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Spring Valley Vineyard Red Bordeaux Blend Walla Walla Valley Frederick 2008

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93 points Wine Spectator: Dense and juicy, this is packed with disarmingly delicious currant, plum, roasted meat and mineral flavors, and when the finish kicks in this shows elegance and finesse. Offers power and personality, with deft balance. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. Best from 2014 through 2020. 1,150 cases made. (12/15/11)

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Spring Valley Vineyard:
Spring Valley Vineyard is situated 12 miles northeast of Walla Walla, spread amid the picturesque wheat fields of southeastern Washington with the Blue Mountains providing the backdrop. The terroir demonstrates a mesoclimate that is ideally suited for growing wine grapes. The unique microclimate of Spring Valley also allows the grapes to develop their own distinct characteristics. Initially, w... Read more
Spring Valley Vineyard is situated 12 miles northeast of Walla Walla, spread amid the picturesque wheat fields of southeastern Washington with the Blue Mountains providing the backdrop. The terroir demonstrates a mesoclimate that is ideally suited for growing wine grapes. The unique microclimate of Spring Valley also allows the grapes to develop their own distinct characteristics. Initially, we planted a 2 acre block of Merlot in 1993 on a south-southwest facing hillside. The vines follow the north-south slope of the hills in vertical rows. This orientation, coupled with the declination of slope, allows the vines optimal use of sunshine, air drainage, and the reflective nature of the surrounding wheat fields. Great care is taken when caring for the vineyard. Under Gaynor Derby’s direction, every grape is tended by hand, including crop thinning, leaf pulling, and harvesting, not to mention hand-burying individual canes to protect them from the cold in the winters of southeastern Washington. Today, Spring Valley Vineyard consists of 115 acres of grapevines including Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, and Malbec. Read less

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08/12/2011

The 2008 was young, and had to be decanted. Another six or more years would have been good for it. That being said, this was a wonderful wine, with the Cab Franc component overshadowing the cabernet sauvignon. The wine was rich, bold, somewhat tannic, and full of currant and dark berry. The wine had a long finish, but the bouquet was limited.


External Reviews for Spring Valley Vineyard Red Bordeaux Blend Walla Walla Valley Frederick

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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
09/21/2012

Aromas of violet and rose petal along with earth, plum, and other dark fruits on the slightly reticent nose. The palates cocoa and black pepper flavors seem to become more pronounced as this unfolds. Pair with firm cheeses or mushroom dishes, and en... Roland Hankerson. A Proprietary Blend wine from Washington in USA. 2008 Spring Valley Vineyard Frederick 750ml


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Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
07/30/2012

Dense and juicy, this is packed with disarmingly delicious currant, plum, roasted meat and mineral flavors, and when the finish kicks in this shows elegance and finesse. Offers power and personality, with deft balance. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. Best from 2014 through 2020.


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
10/12/2011

A Proprietary Blend wine from Washington in USA. 2008 Spring Valley Vineyard Frederick 750ml


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
07/30/2012

The 2008 Frederick Red Wine is made up of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc with the balance Petit Verdot and Malbec. Spice box, Asian spices, cassis, and blackberry aromas are followed by a Bordeaux-like, relatively forward, savory, full-bodied wine that will deliver optimum drinking from 2012 through 2020.


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Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
07/30/2012

The Frederick bottling complements the Uriah, with Cabernet Sauvignon comprising half the blend. All five Bordeaux grapes are included, and the finished wine is aged for 21 months in two thirds new French oak. It all adds up to a lush, high alcohol, jammy wine with black cherry fruit framed in toasty barrel flavors.



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93 points Wine Spectator: Dense and juicy, this is packed with disarmingly delicious currant, plum, roasted meat and mineral flavors, and when the finish kicks in this shows elegance and finesse. Offers power and personality, with deft balance. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. Best from 2014 through 2020. 1,150 cases made. (12/15/11)

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