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Spring Valley Vineyards Frederick 2005Spring Valley Vineyards Frederick 2005

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Size: 750ml
Country: USA
Region: Washington
Sub-Region: Walla Walla

WS 89 WA 89

There is a lot of muscle in this fifth seductive vintage of Frederick. The nose is bright with scents of licorice and blackberry. The mouth feel is huge with concentration of dark ripe black fruit. As usual, the tannins are richly present with exceptional quality, adding to a lingering, soft finish. This wine is enjoyable now, although it is recommended opening the bottle 48 hours in advance to decant, as the wine has a very serious aging potential.


"Firm in texture, with a crisp edge to the cherry, menthol and iodine aromas and flavors, hitting a smoky note as the finish lingers against chewy tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best from 2010 through 2015." -Rated 89, Wine Spectator

"The 2005 Frederick is a blend of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Petit Verdot. Dark ruby-colored, it reveals floral notes, pencil lead, black currant, and blackberry. On the palate the wine reveals its elegant personality and attractive dark fruit flavors. However, it is in need of a bit more mid-palate concentration and is slightly tannic in the finish. Drink it over the next 4-6 years. Spring Valley Vineyards is a Washington rarity, a winery that uses 100% estate-grown fruit to make its wines. The brand is now owned by Ste. Michelle Wine Estates but the Derby family continues to own the vineyard. The winery began operations in 1999 and currently has 45 acres in production with the potential to grow. The wines are named after prominent deceased family members." -Rated 89, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate