I suppose I could have made this a post for my new "Wine Tasting Tell All." It was at a tasting that I discovered this weeks wine.
Spring Valley 2012 Frederick
I decided to make this a "Wine of the Week" as the tasting itself was nice, but I think I've learned that those posts are going to be better when it's me actually doing the pouring rather than me being in attendance. Just more interaction and not as many wines to pull from, in this case, that's beneficial.
I had been making my way around the wine shop tasting to see what might peak my interest. Whites first then reds. Nice assortment of wines and all at sale prices. It usually takes something special to not only peak my interest, as I said, but also for me to actually purchase a wine. Something, or more specifically, some wine, did just that.
I love Washington wines. I've had a number of outstanding Cabernets as well as blends. Some of my favorites as a matter of fact. The 2012 Spring Valley Frederick is a blend of 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Franc, 8% Malbec and a splash of Petit Verdot coming from the excellent 2012 Vintage. I've had it in the past and have always enjoyed the wine. So when I tried it at the tasting, I couldn't believe how wonderful the wine was. Lush dark fruit with a slightly drier tinge to it. Earthier notes with a medium to heavy bodied finish. A wine that drinks well now, but has the aging potential of a well-crafted wine with at least 15 years. With their sale price at $38, I couldn't help myself.
There probably isn't a lot of 2012 left on shelves. Tread lightly on the 2013's. It wasn't quite as good of a year, but when the 2014's hit the shelf, STOCK UP! That was another great vintage for Washington wines.