2009 Spring Valley Vineyard US Red Blend "Frederick"
Winery: Spring Valley Vineyard
Wine Name/Vineyard: "Frederick"
Wine Category: US Red Blend
Grape blend: 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Cabernet Franc, 7% Malbec, 5% Petite Verdot, & 2% Malbec
Region: Walla Walla Valley
State or country: WA
Cases produced: 2,000
KWG Score: 91.3 (based on 3 reviews)
Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (90)
Review date: July 18, 2012
Wine Review: This wine opens with a fragrant black plum and black currant bouquet with hints of clove and cedar. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, smooth and rich. The flavor profile is a dense black currant with notes of black pepper and black licorice. I also detected hints of espresso and dark cocoa. The finish is dry and its tannins are spicy and a touch hot. This blend is very young and tight. I would expect that it would benefit from several years in the cellar for its fruits to mellow and meld together.
Winemaker Notes: The 2009 Frederick opens with concentrated aromas of blackberry and peppercorn on the nose, leading into a big, rich palate of dark fruits and balanced tannins that will age with style. The finish is a lingering burst of dark chocolate and caramel notes. Serge Laville, Winemaker
Organic status: not organic
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