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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 Boushy Vineyard and added complex, aromatic Cabernet Franc from iconic Chamoux Vineyard. The result is a balanced and complex wine with the elegance and ethereal perfume that this blend of two Washington's best varietals are known for.
80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc
Review by Jeb Dunnuck
eRobertParker.com # 219 (Jun 2015)
Drink 2015 - 2030
There’s a scant 125 cases of the 2012 Valery, and this blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc comes most from Dick Boushey’s 1986 planting of Merlot (the Cab Franc comes all from Champoux). Aged 20 months in 60% new French oak, it has beautiful density, medium to full-bodied richness and ripe tannin, as well as perfumed aromas and flavors of black raspberry, chocolate-covered cherries, wild herbs and toasted spice. I like it today, but have no doubts about its ability to evolve nicely for 15 years or more.