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$125 per person
2016 Rose of Cabernet Franc
paired with Boxties house cured gravlax, shallot crème fraiche,
2014 Katherine Cabernet Franc
paired with Tempura Morels with Roasted Duck scallion ash, mad mountain greenery pea shoots, amaranth, green garlic puree
2014 Uriah Red Wine
paired with Snake River Farms American Wagyu Ribeye Capramps, squash blossoms, maitake mushrooms, eight ball squash, heart of palm puree, lavender
2014 Frederick Red Wine
paired with L’Explorateur & Huckleberry Jam brioche toast
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Meet Serge Laville
Not everyone gets the opportunity to try some of France’s most famed wines before their tenth birthday. While growing up in France’s Northern Cote du Rhone, Serge Laville did just that, thanks to his grandfather, a wine connoisseur with a cellar many would envy. Little did Grandpere–or Serge himself–know that Serge would grow up to create highly sought after and acclaimed wines halfway around the world as the winemaker at Spring Valley Vineyard.
As a young adult in France, Serge worked as a photographer, but the early training in his grandfather’s wine cellar, as well as an educational background in chemistry and biology, led him back to enology. He began studying with famed wine consultant Marie Laure Sylvestre, making yearly visits to various wine regions in France and
learning the intricacies of terroir, aging, and tasting, and after a decade decided to become a wine tourist in the United States.
In 2000, armed with a camera and backpack, he set out on a journey that eventually brought him to Walla Walla and a chance meeting with fellow photographer and Spring Valley Vineyard founding winemaker Devin Corkrum Derby, who invited him to Spring Valley Ranch.
Serge fell in love with the wines Devin was making, as well as the beautiful old homes and magnificent scenery of the Walla Walla Valley. He also met Walla Walla native Madeleine Call and the rest, as they say, is history. After several trips back and forth between Walla Walla and France, Serge made two big decisions: one to ask Madeleine to marry him, and the other to take Devin up on his offer to become his assistant in the winery at Spring Valley. Serge started working at the ranch during the 2002 harvest and quickly mastered the unique and special attributes of the vineyard and winemaking style at Spring Valley. “I learned winemaking in France,” he says, “but I learned how to make Washington wine from Devin Derby.” The two discovered they shared a philosophy of “listening to the vineyard” and allowing nature to take its course in the winemaking process with minimal, careful intervention including picking, sorting, and punching down the wines gently by hand.
When Devin died in 2004, Serge quietly tended the wines despite his own grief at the loss of his close friend, and soon made the decision to stay at the winery and continue the legacy of Devin and the winery. He has been Spring Valley’s Winemaker since 2005.
To this day, Serge crafts each wine with the care and attention that is the tradition of Spring Valley Vineyard. And in the tradition of his family, Serge and Madeleine’s daughters Claire and Anna are already at home in the vineyards and the winery at Spring Valley.
The Story of Spring Valley Vineyard
Spring Valley Vineyard is nurtured by a family with roots planted deep in this corner of the Walla Walla Valley. The land has been farmed for generations – from Uriah Corkrum and his wife, Katherine; to their son, Frederick, and his wife, Nina Lee; and on to their daughter, Shari Corkrum Derby and her husband, Dean. To honor the family heritage, the wines are named for family members and reflect the expressive character of the land. A true estate winery, only fruit grown in the estate vineyards goes into these hand-crafted, highly-acclaimed wines. Situated twelve miles northeast of Walla Walla, Spring Valley Vineyard basks in the reflective nature of their surroundings – the picturesque wheat fields of the Corkrum-Derby homestead.
Spring Valley Frederick 2014
Rated 94 Wine Spectator
#36 Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines of the Year
Spring Valley Uriah 2014
Rated 93 Wine Spectator
Spring Valley Katherine
Cabernet Franc 2014
91 Wine Advocate