Spring Valley Frederick Red 2014
Top 100 Wine of the Year 2017 :: Wine Spectator :: #39. This wine is a tribute to Frederick Corkrum, the son of Uriah and Katherine, who maintained his family's dedication to family, farming and football in the Walla Walla Valley of Washington State throughout the 1930's and '40's. Today it is his daughter Shari Cockrum Derby at the helm of the winery and vineyard, along with with her husband Dean. The land that the Corkrum, Derby, and Elvin families farm today is rich with history dating back to the mid 1800’s. Shari’s grandfather Uriah Corkrum began farming in the area at that time, having success in the 1880’s but unfortunately losing everything in the first great depression of 1893. He persevered though and acquired the land now known as Spring Valley in 1910.
In 1993, Shari and Dean Derby planted the first grapes at Spring Valley. The first vintage of Estate grown and bottled Spring Valley Vineyard wines were produced with the 1999 vintage. The Derbys’ son Devin Corkrum Derby served as winemaker until his untimely death in 2004. Devin’s assistant and friend Serge Laville took over as winemaker and continues the legacy of Spring Valley Vineyard.
The 2014 is a gorgeous blend of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot and 3% Malbec. This is such a great example of 'classic' Washington State blends, where the grapes of the noble Bordeaux region thrive in the climate and soil conditions. The wine spent 20 months in 100% French oak, 50% new, so this will be a rich, luxurious red for lovers of California Cabs and blends, at a fraction of the cost.
|Appellation||Walla Walla Valley|
Wine SpectatorRefined and impeccably structured, with floral black cherry and dusty dried spice aromas, and complex plum, olive and mocha flavors that glide toward polished tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec. Drink now through 2023. 2,966 cases made.
Wine AdvocateOne of my favorites in the lineup, the 2014 Frederick checks in as a blend of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc and the rest Petit Verdot and Malbec. It has classic notes of cedary spice, lead pencil shaving and currants as well as medium to full-bodied, richness, solid overall balance and building tannin. I suspect it will benefit from short term cellaring and keep for a decade.