We’ve been tasting Uriah, Spring Valley’s cabernet franc–dominant blend, since my first issue, in December 2000. Eighteen vintages later, it remains a product of place, of the graceful wind-shaped Palouse Hills in the northeast corner of Walla Walla: It’s generous in its flavors of plum and violet, with hints of balsamic and herbs alongside dusty minerality; for brisket.
A right-bank style blend with a wealth of cassis and dark plums on offer. There’s a floral edge, too. The palate has richness and freshness with very supple and approachable, soft tannins. 43% cabernet franc, 38% merlot, 14% cabernet sauvignon, 3% petit verdot and 2% malbec.