Happy Sunday! Today the weather turned a bit nicer, reaching the mid-50s so I decided to go up on the roof and clean out the gutters! Who ever said home ownership wasn't glamorous? Well to make up for that, I've decided to open up a nice bottle of wine to celebrate Washington Wine Month, and what better than the 2013 Spring Valley Vineyards Uriah, which I recently found at Costco. This wine is a blend of Merlot (45%), Cabernet Franc (34%), Petit Verdot (8%), Malbec (8%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (5%), so let see how this one is drinking!
The wine is a deep ruby color in the glass, with a nose of leather, black cherry and a hint of mint. The taste is just lovely, with a rush or ripe fruit up front, blackberry, cherry and plum that transitions effortlessly to some lovely mineral notes of dusty limestone and dried herbs midpalate. The finish is quite nice, with soft tannins that form a base for the long, smooth and very dry finish that beckons you for more.
Overall, I would rate this wine a solid 8.5, as it's just a wonderful blend with an emphasis on Merlot. This wine would pair well with a variety of hearty dishes, but tonight I'm enjoying this one with my classic marinated New York strip, with baked potato and grilled rainbow carrots. Cheers!