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Spring Valley Vineyard Uriah 2006
Spring Valley Vineyard
This Merlot blend gets its name from the grandfather of Shari Corkrum Derby. Born in Walla Walla on June 1, 1866, he was the first child born to his parents after their trip West by wagon train. Uriah began successfully farming on his own during the 1880's. A rainy summer prevented him from getting his wheat from the field to the warehouse and he lost everything during the Depression of 1893. Later that same year, his wife died in childbirth along with their fourth child, leaving him with two young children. Uriah continued to persevere and in 1910 acquired the land known as Spring Valley.
Smooth and focused, with a cigar box character to make the ripe blackberry and currant fruit more interesting, finishing with polished tannins. Has great presence without being pushy, and the finish doesn't quit. Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. Drink now through 2014.Score: 93. —Harvey Steiman, April 30, 2009.
This new Uriah marks a return to form; big, brawny, chewy and complex, yet generous and complete. The blend continues as before-54% Merlot, 33% Cab Franc, 7% Petit Verdot, and 6% Malbec, all estate-grown. The wine opens with barrel scents and flavors of tea, tobacco and wood smoke. The cherry-flavored fruit saturates the tobacco notes, gaining mass and turning into cherry cobbler as it does.Score: 93. —Paul Gregutt, August 01, 2009.
The purple-colored 2006 Uriah Merlot Blend is composed of 54% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Franc, and the balance Petit Verdot and Malbec. It spent 18 months in French oak. It offers up a bouquet of cedar, spice box, olives, espresso, black currant, and black cherry leading to a medium to full-bodied, round, rich, spicy wine with excellent depth and concentration. It has enough structure to evolve for 2-3 years and will deliver prime drinking from 2011 to 2021.Score: 91. —Jay Miller, October 2009.
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