Long Shadows Wineries Red Bordeaux Blend Columbia Valley Nine Hats 2008
A product of Long Shadows Winery in Walla Walla, this wine is a blend of excess wines used in their signature wine blends from nine winemakers, hence "Nine Hats." The wine itself is a blend of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 10% Petit Verdot and 2% Malbec, creating an interesting and smooth wine. The wine exhibits a deep purple color in the glass with a good structure. On the nose, it exhibits aromas of the forest, dominated by cedar, moss and tobacco with just the slightest floral hint. The taste is somewhat abrupt when compared to some of the more mature wines like the Margaux or Brunello we tasted, but on it's own, this wine holds its own. It's very fruit forward, with flavors of blackberry and cherry, with a mild acidity that holds any sweetness in check. There is a spicy undertone of pepper and herbs. The velvety tannins make for a luscious mouthfeel and a long, smooth finish. For pairings, this wine would be ideal with a grilled steak, or perhaps a classic pot roast with all the classic roasted veggies. Overall, I would rate this wine a solid 4, with room for improvement as the wine matures. The 2008 Nine Hats Columbia Valley Red Wine would make a great everyday wine, particularly given the price under $20. I bought this one in a variety pack of wines from my friends at Esquin Wine Sellers out of Seattle, so it might not be available where you live. If you have an opportunity to buy a bottle, you should certainly try it!
My latest acquisition/focus is the Washington State "Long Shadows Vintners" 2006-08 and I was searching to complete the set with an 08 Nine Hats. I was shocked to stumble across it at Costco, but what a find. It needed a 1/2 an hr to open up...however it does not disappoint! It contains the same fruit as Long Shadows’ other wines—that happen to cost twice as much.