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2015 Spring Valley Vineyard Nina Lee Syrah

ITEM 8096702 - Purchased upon release; Consignor is original owner; Removed from subterranean passive storage in a temperature controlled home

Bidder Amount Total
$40
Item Sold Amount Date
I8118511 1 $31 Feb 20, 2022
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RATINGS

93James Suckling

Quite striking dark-spice and dark-stone aromas with a very concentrated core of blackberries on the palate that has immense,fleshy appeal and round, fluid tannins.

93Jeb Dunnuck

...terrific bouquet of smoked blueberries, leafy herbs, ground pepper, and lavender. Rich, medium to full-bodied, and balanced...

92Stephen Tanzer

Brooding, slightly inky aromas of black cherry, cassis, licorice, smoke and cocoa powder, lifted by a minty nuance. Conveys terrific inner-mouth spicy/mineral/floral energy... Finishes long and slightly medicinal.

91Wine Spectator

Refined and deeply structured, with rich blackberry cobbler and smoked pepper flavors that persist toward polished tannins.

PRODUCER

Spring Valley Vineyard

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.

REGION

United States, Washington, Walla Walla Valley

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.

TYPE

Red Wine, Syrah (Shiraz)

This grape is grown in milder climates and produces a medium-to full-bodied wine. It is also known as Shiraz, but should not be confused with Petit Sirah, which was developed by crossing Syrah with Peloursin.