If any winery embodies the spirit and essence of Washington State it has to be Long Shadows. Founded in 2003 by Chateau Ste. Michelle’s former CEO and President Allen Shoup, Long Shadows unites the finest fruit in the state and some of the finest winemakers from around the globe. It’s all about collaboration, interpretation, and capturing the essence of the region’s finest vineyards. Partnerships include:
Armin Diel of Germany's Schlossgut Diel producing Riesling.
Randy Dunn of Napa's Dunn Vineyards producing Feather.
John Duval formerly of Penfolds and famous as the winemaker of grange Hermitage producing Sequel.
Ambrogio e Giovanni Folonari producing Saggi.
Philippe Melka and Agustin Huneeus Sr. producing Pirouette.
Michel Rolland producing Pedestal.
Gilles Nicault, formerly of Woodward Canyon producing Chester - Kidder the most distinct and arguably most representative of all the Long Shadows wines.
This is a really impressive set of wines, each unique yet offering a glimpse of what Washington is all about. With a tasting room in Woodinville and a winery in Walla Walla it is easy to include tasting these wines in any trip that might bring you to Washington state, and I strongly suggest that you do.
2012 Long Shadows Poets Leap Riesling Columbia valley 12.9% $20
12.5 grams per liter residual sugar
Gorgeous aromatics, all lime zesty and spicy with herbal nuance greet the nose over creamy lemon pith with a hint almost cinnamon spice. A bit sweet early on the palate with nicely integrated acids. This is a little dusty on the palate showing early signs of strawberry fruit that turns more creamy and sweet with citrus and apricot notes on the backend before finishing with some dusty astringency. A nice juxtaposition of sweet and dry, this comes of as just a bit rustic but with lovely complexity. 89pts
2010 Long Shadows Saggi Columbia Valley 14.9% $45
53% Sangiovese, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Syrah
Fine white chocolate and herb inflected nose shows some lovely red cherry fruit, bit of cherry pit and a hint of black olive and lipstick. Opening with a nice blend of acid and richness in the mouth, this is bright and shows a lovely austere edge to the red currant and raspberry fruit with a hint of mushroom emerging on the midpalate. Theres some wood tannin here adding a bit of power and sweetness to the backend and through the finish. Ripe yet fairly elegant this delivers lots of tart cherry and red currant fruit but is a bit simple showing a touch of heat and assertive tannins on the finish. 90pts
2010 Long Shadows Chester Kidder Columbia Valley 15.1% $50
67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Syrah, 5% Petit Verdot
Dark fruit rich with aromas of candied blueberry, roasted meats, and roasted herbs is intense and complex on the nose showing rather high toned details. While rather soft on entry, this is wide open and rich in the mouth with red and black cherry fruit and super fine tannins. Texturally this fills the mouth, gaining subtle black pepper and roast meat nuance and the backend with the tannins add a little cut on the finish. This sticks to your gums, rich but low key fruit, long, and savory, I’m loving this in all it’s chewy, rich glory. 92pts
2011 Long Shadows Pirouette Columbia Valley 14.9% $55
53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 15% Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 4% Malbec14.9% $55
Plummy and very low key on the nose, which shows some violet and green herb with pencil lead nuance over black berry fruit. Soft, rich and caressing in the mouth, this is packed with fruit, soft tannins, and integrated acids. It’s a plump wine but one that reveal complex, layered flavors of wild plum, wild berry fruit, rosemary, and a hint of bitter cocoa on the palate. The finish reveals a fair amount of heat and wood spice here along with tannins that are quite firm. This seems to be a bit disjointed today as the tannins and alcohol both become more pronounced in the mouth. This might just need more time but it doesn’t seem to have the innate balance of many of the other wines. 89pts
2011 Long Shadows Pedestal 14.9% $60
87% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot
Classic Merlot on the nose, decidedly plummy with streaks of chocolate, herb, and toasty, creme brûlée oak. Soft and large scaled on entry, there's plenty of tannin and acid serving as structure here but the fruit somehow doesn't manage to cover everything, the tannins in particular stick out on the dry, slightly austere finish though this does show lots of cocoa flavor on the backend, but the finish is short and dry and wood driven, showing a little black spice and a little black currant fruit, fairly oaky chunky and inelegant. Maybe this also just needs time but it’s underwhelming in the mouth today. 88pts
2010 Long Shadows Sequel 14.8% $50
93% Syrah, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon
Stemmy, gamy, and a little minty on the intense and savory nose that is fairly medicinal, and quite peppery. Rich and soft on entry with lots of acid lending brightness. The fruit here is bright and juicy, more so than the nose would suggest with crushed boysenberry and blackberry fruit, and a bit of a floral accent arriving late on the palate. This gains some camphor on the nose, and lots of lovely soft tannins, lovely detail and tension in the mouth. There’s nice touch of mineral firmness on the long finish which shows lovely, pure raspberry and boysenberry fruit. 93pts
2011 Long Shadows Feather Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 14.2% $50
Light on the nose, smoky and herbal, with candied herb, toasty oak, and lots of dill layered over small spiced red berry fruit. A bit gamy on entry, fairly open and certainly broad in the mouth with rich, chewy yet soft tannins and integrated acids. The fruit tends to the red end of the spectrum, earthy and slightly forest floor accented with a little creamy texture and creamy oak spice adding complexity. A bit of tobacco creeps in on the backend along with cinnamon spice as the tannins build on the palate. This is well balanced and round, though with plenty structure for aging, though it’s already quite delicious. 92pts
2013 Long Shadows Julia's Dazzle Pinot Gris Rose $16
Made with a dash of Sangiovese
Lovely on the nose full of fleshy fruit, a bit of stemmy freshness, pears and white peach A bit of rs sweetness the palate really accents the fruit here which is round and juicy, filled with peaches and pears with a hint of red cherry/currant fruit. Big, juicy and bright this is a round, exuberant rose with just a whisper of tannins adding some textural interest on the palate. When chilled it will seem drier but this will prove very popular over the coming summer months. 87pts