Thursday, May 05, 2011

Spring Valley Uriah Walla Walla 2003 Wine Review (NW)

Tasting notes:

Aromas of blueberry compote, raisins, and resinous pine on the nose

Full bodied and well textured on the palate

Long, firm finish of dark berries, cocoa, and more pine resin


Here's one of the great red wines of Washington state. It's made with Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petite Verdot which produces a full bodied wine with good texture. The fruit is rich and round, and a strong resinous quality develops with bottle age.

If you have some of this 2003, drink it now. For more recent vintages, I recommend drinking at 4-5 years of age so the resinous flavors don't take over. At $50 or so it's not on the list of great values, but it's a unique wine that is well crafted and highly enjoyable. Raise a glass!

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