Spring Valley Vineyard 2005 Uriah red wine

Another early WAwineman classic, 1st posted on October 1, 2008:

That was not me innertubing down the Skykomish on Tuesday with a bag full of hot bills, as much as the Wawineman likes to innertube his 238 lb wasted, ice-resistant body down an icy river. Nothing comes between Brooke Shields and her…VW minivan? Speaking of models, some 25-year old Portland lingerie model was convicted of bribing a police officer after pulling $270 from her brassiere to “pay” for her infractions. If the WAwineman pulled out that much cash from his underwear to pay for his wine, I think every winemaster would throw me into the must. Our good ol’ politicians just passed a bailout package that will end up costing more than the original $700 bil. resolution that failed. You heard it here first…taxes will rise substantially next year. And, for those dog-enthusiasts, Beverly Hills Chihuahua opens Friday. Three-legged red meets Mezcal.

Hey, the betting window is now open on what my 100th review will be. Each bet placed costs $3.00 (US) and the grand prize winner wins a pristine, hand-selected WAwineman-autographed reserved bottle of Charles Shaw cabernet. But, until that time comes, you’ll have to settle for this humpdilly-icious 2005 rendition of SVV’s best. Spring Valley Vineyard is one of those “only in WA” wine stories. It is now owned by CSM (as I remember) but is still managed by the original families of the Derbys, Corkrums, and Elvins. The label has, I must admit, a dated portrait of one stud of a man in Uriah Corkrum who survived the 1893 (first) great depression that would make today’s financial crisis look like piddlywinks.

I have the 2004 version cellaring nicely but to honor this, my 99th review for 2008, I scooped this bottle up at Costco after I thought I heard Kid Rock sing “sipping Uriah out the bottle, not thinking ’bout tomorrow, singing Sweet Home Walla Walla all summer long”. Or something like that. Paired this high pedigree wine with simple leftovers of fried rice, eggplant tempura, and hickory bbq chicken. While not the greatest of matches, this wine made itself known. I think a better nutritional compadre would have been a thick, juicy t-bone. The high alcohol was definitely noticeable but NOT considered “hot”. Treat this like a juicy cab. Btw, go visit the new “Annex” at Esquin.

Color: pretty deep magenta. Mouthfeel: full but dissolved my tastebuds. Tail trail: 7 seconds, with a hefty late bloom. Flavors: blackberry jam toast, dark plum, bee sting, tart cherry, wheat-harvested earth.

Walla Walla Valley AVA. Spring Valley Vineyard. Alcohol: 14.8%. 3000 cases. Merlot 59%, cab franc 36%, petit verdot 5%. pH 3.73. TA 0.61g/100mL. Estate grown and bottled. 91 WS. “SVV” on top of the cork. Nose: heavy blackberries, raspberries, and heat. Rated: 89. Value: $40. Paid: $40. This is WAwineman…uncorked, uneducated but not uncouth.

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