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Long Shadows Merlot Pedestal 2012

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

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

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Long Shadows Vintners:
Long Shadows Vintners was founded in 2002 by Washington wine visionary Allen Shoup, who as President and CEO of Chateau Ste. Michelle from 1984-2000 forged internationally acclaimed winemaking partnerships with Piero Antinori (Col Solare) and Dr. Ernst Loosen (Eroica Riesling). Long Shadows Vintners now builds upon those successes by bringing an elite cadre of the world’s most celebrat... Read more
Long Shadows Vintners was founded in 2002 by Washington wine visionary Allen Shoup, who as President and CEO of Chateau Ste. Michelle from 1984-2000 forged internationally acclaimed winemaking partnerships with Piero Antinori (Col Solare) and Dr. Ernst Loosen (Eroica Riesling). Long Shadows Vintners now builds upon those successes by bringing an elite cadre of the world’s most celebrated winemakers from the finest wine regions around the globe to Washington in order to create world class wines that showcase the viticultural excellence of Washington State's Columbia Valley. Each celebrated vintner partners individually with Shoup and resident winemaker Gilles Nicault on a distinct winemaking program to produce a single “best of type” wine under a unique label. These include: Pedestal Merlot by Michel Rolland (international consultant and owner Le Bon Pasteur, Pomerol); Sequel Syrah by John Duval (formerly of Penfold’s Grange, South Australia); Poet’s Leap Riesling by Armin Diel (Schlossgut Diel, Nahe, Germany); Pirouette by Agustin Huneeus (Quintessa, Napa Valley) and Philippe Melka (Vineyard 29, Hundred Acre, Napa Valley); Chester-Kidder by Allen Shoup and Gilles Nicault (former winemaker at Woodward Canyon, Walla Walla Valley); Feather Cabernet Sauvignon by Randy Dunn (Dunn Vineyards, Napa Valley, formerly of Caymus); and Saggi by Ambrogio & Giovanni Folonari (Cabreo, Nozzole, from Chianti Classico and La Fuga, Brunello di Montalcino, Tuscany). Long Shadows is named in tribute to the stature of this select group of individuals, who continue to shape the wine industry with their benchmark wines and wineries. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Long Shadows Merlot Pedestal

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065220,943
3.50 5
Vintage: 2011 03/05/2014

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


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Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065220,943
4.40 5
Vintage: 2011 03/05/2014

Four and a half glasses



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