Spring Valley Vineyard has an extensive history as one of the pioneers in Walla Walla wine making. They source from their own 111 acre estate vineyards which are set amongst their wheat fields. We were drawn by their reputation and intrigued by the story behind it. So, we visited their gorgeous Walla Walla tasting room, and had a nice tasting to go along with the tale.
2013 Katherine - 100% Cabernet Franc. "The 2013 Katherine expresses lot of herbal notes on the nose. It is complex and rich with abundant flavors of summer berries, cassis and a hint of pepper. The texture is ample and packed with melting tannins." $60. Rating 4.5
2017 Uriah - Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot. "This 2017 Uriah is packed with black cherry flavors. The mid-palate is focused on fine-grained tannins and the finish is seamless." $60. Rating 4.0
2016 Malbec - 100% Malbec. "This wine comes from the original 1 acre block of Malbec planted in 2001. It is a very refreshing Malbec packed with blueberry and dark cherry flavors." $60. Rating 3.9
2014 Frederick - Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec. "20 months in 100% French oak, 50% new. This blend has a muscular structure. Notes of blackberry, almond paste, licorice and vanilla and rich in fruit and tannins." $60. Rating 4.3
2015 Nina Lee - "The 2015 Nina Lee Syrah has black cherry peppery notes with hints of violet. It has a meaty characteristic too. It is rich and seamless. The finish is long and earthy." $60. Rating 4.5
The tasting experience was great, and we had a courteous associate who delved into the fascinating history behind Spring Valley. They offered some great bold reds with nice vintages. We favored the 2015 Nina Lee Syrah and the 2013 Katherine Cabernet Franc. The 2014 Frederick Red Wine was also great. Unfortunately we weren't able to sample the Derby Cabernet Sauvignon, but I have no doubt it is amazing.