Spring Valley Vineyard, now being dramatically expanded by new owners Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, sits in a unique spot in the Walla Walla appellation. Now, if only the powers-that-be could make these wines at moderate levels of alcohol. Yes, this is delicious. Loaded with raspberry jam, peppery spice, hints of caramel. But the alcohol blows out the detail. Please—pull it back.
Paul Gregutt is a Contributing Editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine, a founding member of the magazine’s Tasting Panel, and reviews the wines of Oregon and Canada. The author of the critically-acclaimed Washington Wines & Wineries—The Essential Guide, he consulted on the Pacific Northwest entries in current versions of The World Atlas of Wine and The Oxford Companion to Wine.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.