Set amidst the rolling wheat fields of southeastern Washington 12 miles northeast of Walla Walla, Spring Valley Vineyard is part of land that the Corkrum and Derby families have been farming for over a century. Beginning in 1993 with our first planting of Merlot, Spring Valley Vineyard has grown to include Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec. Sourced exclusively by winemaker Serge Laville from their own unique estate vineyard, Spring Valley Vineyard's current limited production wines are all named in tribute of family members who struggled and succeeded in farming the same land where their vineyard and winery now flourish. These highly acclaimed wines include today's small lot (under 3200 case) estate grown wine named "Frederick," a Cabernet Sauvignon-based red blend.
93 points, Wine Spectator:
"Impressively combines a firm, structured backbone with polished and expressive black cherry and dusky spice flavors that take on richness toward broad-shouldered but polished tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. Best from 2021 through 2026. 2,992 cases made.” (8/31/18)
93 points, Jeb Dunnuck:
“Based on 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc, and 8% Malbec, the 2015 Red Wine Frederick gives up slightly more intensity, with notions of cassis, cedary herbs, graphite, and bouquet garni. It too is classic on the palate, with ripe tannins, a balanced, layered texture, and terrific length. It can be drunk today or cellared for 10-15 years.” (4/11/19)
93 points, James Suckling:
“This wine shines in the sunshine of the 2015 vintage with abundant dark cherries and red plums, as well as mulberries. The palate has very smoothly honed tannins and delivers a long, plush and approachable style.” (7/5/19)
Producer Name: Spring Valley Vineyard
Old/New World: New World
Country of Origin: United States
Sub-Region: Columbia Valley
Appellation: Walla Walla Valley
Village/Vineyard/Climat: Spring Valley Vineyard
Quality Designation: AVA
Grape Varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot
Product Type: Wine
Wine Style: Fuller Body Red
Spring Valley Vineyard lies 12 miles northeast of Walla Walla, amid the picturesque wheat fields of southeastern Washington and the Blue Mountains in the distance. The initial block of Merlot was planted in 1993 on a southern hillside facing southwest. The vines follow the north-south slope of the hills in vertical rows, an orientation that when combined with the declination of the slope, allows the vines to take optimal advantage of air drainage, sunshine, and the reflective nature of the surrounding wheat fields.
Great care is taken when caring for the vineyard. Every grape is tended by hand, including crop thinning, leaf pulling, and harvesting, as well as hand-burying individual canes to protect them during the winter in southeastern Washington.
Spring Valley Vineyard fruit is hand-picked, hand-sorted and gently de-stemmed by gravity. During the 10-20 day fermentation, each tank is tasted daily until Spring Valley Vineyard Winemaker Serge Laville decides it is time to press using wooden cage basket presses. In keeping with Spring Valley tradition, originally instituted by founding winemaker Devin Corkrum Derby, hand punch-downs occur twice a day until the end of alcoholic fermentation. The wine is transferred by pump into barrels for secondary fermentation and gets racked several times for clarity. Finally, the different lots are blended to create our six distinctive labels.
Winemaker: Serge Laville
Pack/Size: 6/750 ml
Container Type: Dark Green Glass Bordeaux-style bottle
Closure Style: Cork finished
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