appellation visit to the Walla Walla (Washington) wine region last autumn, we visited the Spring Valley Vineyard tasting room in downtown Walla Walla, then ventured out to the vineyards and winery northeast of town. There, we met Dean Derby patriarch, and husband to Shari Corkrum Derby, ancestor and co-owner of the family business. Meeting Mr. Derby was one of the highlights of our Walla Walla Wine Experience.
Spring Valley Vineyard produces wine from 100% estate-grown fruit, a relative rarity in Washington.
Washington State and regional powerhouse Chateau Ste. Michelle Wine Estates purchased the winery and the brand from the Derby family, but they continues to own and operate the vineyards.
We own close to a decade of vintages of this label, the first that we discovered of the portfolio of wines, all named for a member of the Corkrum family dating back to the founder Uriah Corkrum for which this label is named.
|Spring Valley Vineyards Wines Portfolio |
labels named for Corkrum Family Members
Shari and Dean Derby planted the first grapes at Spring Valley in 1993 and the first vintage of Estate grown and bottled Spring Valley Vineyard wines were produced with the 1999 vintage.
All the wines are named for ancestral members of the family going back to Uriah, his son Frederick and others.
Uriah Spring Valley Vineyard Walla Walla Red Wine 2008
This label is a Merlot based blend of Bordeaux varietals, the 2008 vintage is a blend of 53% Merlot, 36% Cabernet Franc, 8% Petit Verdot and 3% Malbec. This was aged for 18 months in 60% new French oak.
Dark garnet colored, medium full bodied, black raspberry and black currant fruits accented by cedar, tobacco, notes of licorice and cinnamon spice.
RM 90 points.
This received 93 points from Wine Spectator and 89 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate.