Inky aromas of cassis, black cherry, licorice and violet. Juicy, suave and sweet, with its very ripe, slightly inky black cherry and chocolate flavors conveying an impression of balance, not to mention intensity...finishes with a firm, tongue-saturating spine of tannins.
Spring Valley is in Walla Walla. It was founded in 1993 when Shari and Dean Derby planted grapes on property originally farmed by Shari’s grandfather. The first vintage was the 2001 Uriah, a Merlot-based blend. In 2007 the estate purchased additional vineyards, bringing the total to 109 acres. The winemaker is Serge Laville, a native of France’s Northern Rhone Valley. The estate makes Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and blends.
Walla Walla Valley AVA likes to call itself the Napa Valley of Washington, and given the concentration of well-reviewed wineries in the appellation, the comparison is understandable. The Walla Walla appellation is comprised of 340,000 acres, of which 1,200 acres are vineyards. Walla Walla is located in the southeastern corner of Washington and it extends slightly into northeastern Oregon. It is named after the Walla Walla River Valley, and the city of Walla Walla is the commercial center of Washington’s wine industry. The city was founded in the 1840s by the Hudson’s Bay Company as a trading post, but as early as the 1850s farmers were planting grapes for winemaking. Prohibition shuttered winemaking in the early 20th century, but a winemaking renaissance started in the 1970s when Leonetti Cellars, still one of the state’s most acclaimed wineries, started producing acclaimed Cabernet Sauvignon. Walla Walla’s AVA status was awarded in 1984 and today there are more than 100 wineries. Cabernet Sauvignon is the most frequently planted grape, followed by Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Sangiovese Chardonnay and Viognier.