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The Palate Press 2009 Nina Lee Syrah Walla Walla Valley
The Nina Lee – 100% Syrah – bears the likeness of its spicy namesake, hands clasped behind her curled and bobbed head. 05/07/2012
Diario Las Américas 2007 Nina Lee Syrah Walla Walla Valley
Delicious nasal opening with notes of ripe red fruit jellies, blueberry, white pepper, full body, mature fruit with excellent flavor extraction. Laville lived for 20 years in Vienne, France, stating that "there was where I learned to appreciate good wines based on Syrah and dedication of the growers, in addition to its beautiful countryside." Nina Lee was the wife of Frederick Corkrum. When her husband died in 1957, she refused to be economically dependent on others and continued to operate the ranch for 21 years until his death. Displays the pioneering spirit of selfless Americans of that era. 05/03/2012
“What to Drink Now: Easter Weekend Wines” - D Magazine 2009 Nina Lee Syrah Walla Walla Valley
Spring Valley Vineyards is one of the gems of the Walla Walla, WA region. With generations of first wheat farmers, now grape growers running the farm, the winery celebrates their traditions and heritage in every bottle of wine they produce. The Nina Lee Syrah is named after the determined and independent Nina Lee Corkrum, who married into the wheat farming family in 1929 and worked beside her husband to keep them and the farm afloat her entire life. The Nina Lee Syrah celebrates her tenacity with a racy, spicy wine with aromas of wild flowers and violets, followed by blackberry, pomegranate and cherry flavors layered with touches of sweet spice, caramel and rich dark chocolate. 04/06/2012
“Excellent ” - Wine Press NorthwestSpring Valley 2009 Nina Lee Syrah Walla Walla Valley
Winemaker Serge Laville grew up in the Northern Rhone Valley, and he now crafts superb Syrahs for this Ste. Michelle property in the Walla Walla Valley. This opens with aromas of cherries, cedar, berries, lavender and mint, which lead to big, round flavors of black plums and boysenberries that give way to a rich finish. 03/20/2012
93 points - “10 Impressive Washington Reds” - Wine Spectator 2009 Nina Lee Syrah Walla Walla Valley
An impressive new release from Spring Valley takes top honors in this week's report on Washington reds. The winery, which was purchased by the state's largest wine company, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, produced its best Syrah to date from the 2009 vintage. Winemaker Serge Laville aged the vibrant and focused red for 21 months in 35 percent new French oak. Vibrant and focused, this is generous with its fresh, juicy plum, blueberry and spice flavors, with a hint of peppery bacon on the long, vivid finish. Drink now through 2017. 02/19/2012