2005 Spring Valley Vineyard Uriah Walla Walla Valley, Washington
We are finally deep in the snows of winter, so nothing suits better than big, rich red wines. At least until we change our mind next week. Let us try the 2005 Spring Valley Vineyard Uriah, a Bordeaux-style blend from Walla Walla Valley, Wash. Named after the grandfather of one of the owners, the Uriah is 59 percent merlot, 36 percent cabernet franc, and 5 percent petite verdot. This rich red is perfect on a cold night, with aromas of sweet tobacco, black cherry and cola. The flavors match the nose, with a lush dark oak and earthy touch, and a black pepper and lightly herbal finish. Merlot from Washington tends to have nice acidity and fine tannins, and the Uriah shows these characteristics. Winemaker Serge Laville ages the wine for 19 months in mainly French oak barrels.Looking ahead to Christmas dinner, pair this wine with beef tenderloin and roast lamb. If a baked ham is on the menu, this wine will work great. The dark berry flavors and lightly sweet spice pair perfectly with the sweet clove of a honey baked ham. This wine costs around $52.The Corkrum, Derby and Elvin families own Spring Valley Vineyards; their first vintage of wine was 1999. Shari Corkrum Derby and Dean Derby run things, and they now have more than 40 acres planted. Uriah Corkrum first farmed the land in southeastern Washington in the 1880s. Jarrett Osborn, Riverwalk Wine & Spirits
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