Wine Advocate 94 points - It sports a deep ruby/purple-tinged color as well as a rounded, sexy style in its black cherry, plum, chocolate and earth-driven aromas and flavors. Expansive, full-bodied and downright sumptuous, drink this pleasure-bent beauty over the coming decade or more. Drink date: 2017-2029.
Winemaker's Notes- Leads with aromas of black raspberry, huckleberry, tobacco, crushed rock, and a hint of cherry liqueur. The palate is plush and silky, with elegant notes of red fruits, milk chocolate, freshly turned earth, and spearmint, leading to a clean, mineral-laden finish.
Valery is named for the patron saint of wine in the St. Emilion region that inspired it. We started with old vine Merlot from a stony block in the heart of the Yakima Valley and added complex, aromatic Cabernet Franc from the Horse Heaven Hills. The result is a balanced, complex wine with the elegance and ethereal perfume that this blend of two of Washington’s best varietals are known for.
Blend: 60% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc
Winemaking: Native yeast fermentation, 30% new French oak, aged 20 months, bottled unfined & unfiltered.