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Spring Valley Vineyard Syrah Nina Lee 2012

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The 2011 Syrah Nina Lee (same blend and elevage), it offers more pepper, raspberry, violets and meatiness to go with a medium to full-bodied, focused and overall fresh and classy feel on the palate. It doesn’t have the back-end depth of the 2010, but is beautifully focused, elegant and balanced. I’d lean towards enjoy bottles over the coming 5 to 7 years, but suspect it will evolve nicely for longer as well.

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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

External Reviews for Spring Valley Vineyard Syrah Nina Lee

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Vintage: 2011 01/13/2015

The 2011 Syrah Nina Lee (same blend and elevage), it offers more pepper, raspberry, violets and meatiness to go with a medium to full-bodied, focused and overall fresh and classy feel on the palate. It doesn’t have the back-end depth of the 2010, but is beautifully focused, elegant and balanced. I’d lean towards enjoy bottles over the coming 5 to 7 years, but suspect it will evolve nicely for longer as well.


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Vintage: 2011 01/13/2015

Bright red-ruby. Vibrant aromas of blackberry, licorice, mint, violet and black pepper. Densely packed and intense, with noteworthy tension and lift and exotic high notes of fruity peppercorn and orange zest to the black raspberry, blackberry and licorice flavors. Finishes with smooth tannins and lovely rising length. I’d drink this very intense Syrah after the 2010; it should evolve gracefully in bottle.


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Vintage: 2010 01/26/2015

Focused, lively, inviting and distinctive, with bay leaf and loam overtones to the bright blackberry flavor. Finishes with a floral flourish. Drink now through 2018.


External Review
Vintage: 2010 01/26/2015

The 2010 Syrah Nina Lee Walla Walla is a smoking Syrah that spent 21 months in 100% French oak, 50% being new. Dense, rich and fabulously concentrated, it gives up layers of black cherry, raspberry, flowers and creamy licorice to go with a full-bodied, multi-dimensional, lengthy profile on the palate. It’s a beautiful wine that will drink well over the coming decade or more.



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