Having tasted at Long Shadows for more than a decade, I can say with confidence that this winery produces some of the most consistent premium red and white wine in Washington. When a winery excels in the 2010 and 2011 vintage, you know that the winemaking is special. Choosing some of the best fruit in Washington while utilizing the winemaking talents of Michel Rolland, John Duval and many others, Long Shadows is one of those special wineries that shows incredible commitment to producing the best wine possible. Similar to the past 2013 wine releases, their 2014 releases were stunning as the 2014 vintage showed similar warmth, richness and depth of fruit.
Look for the 2016 Long Shadows ‘Julia’s Dazzle’ Rose (WWB, 92) at local supermarkets and Costco stores, as this is a wine to buy by the case. It is truly one of the best Rose wines that I have sampled in the past year out of Washington. The red wine releases by Long Shadows were spectacular. The 2014 Long Shadows ‘Feather’ Cabernet (WWB, 94) was a stunner that showed intense, unctuous and massive dark fruits. Also check out the stunning 2014 Long Shadows ‘Sequel’ Syrah (WWB, 95) which is one of the highest rated Syrah wines from Washington that I have sampled in the past year. This gorgeous wine made by John Duval (former winemaker of Grange and Penfolds), shows gorgeous black fruits and terroir and is up there with the 2012 Sequel as the best bottling of Sequel that have sampled in ten plus years. Learn more about this amazing winery at http://www.longshadows.com/ Here are the amazing new release wines from Long Shadows.
2016 Long Shadows ‘Julia’s Dazzle’ Rose- The 2016 'Julia's Dazzle' Rose is a 100% Pinot Gris wine which is named after the founder's granddaughter, Julia. This Rose is sourced from a unique block from The Benches Vineyard at Wallula in Horse Heaven Hills. This exciting Rose wine opens with aromatics of rose petals, red cherry starburst, guava and lemon blossom. There is lovely texture and mid-palate weight with flavors of guava, pomegranate, ripe strawberry and honeydew melon. This has wonderful poise and intensity, as Long Shadows continues to impress with another gorgeous release of the Dazzle by the skilled hands of Giles Nicault. Drink 2017-2022-92
2016 Long Shadows ‘Poet’s Leap’ Riesling- Made by Armin Diel of Schlossgut Diel, this off-dry wine opens with aromatics of nectarine, wet stone, Granny Smith apple and suggestions of nutmeg. Showing wonderful poise and minerality, the wine glides through the mid-palate onto a mineral and wet stone laced finish. Flavors of Pazzaz apple, mulberry, kumquat and cantaloupe persist. While this shows wonderful elegance and fruit at this juncture, this will cellar gracefully for a decade. This is just an outstanding value wine from Long Shadows. Drink 2017-2026 -93
2014 Long Shadows 'Pedestal' Merlot- The 2014 Long Shadows 'Pedestal' is a stunning effort from this incredible winery who teamed up with world renown oenologist and consultant Michel Rolland to make this wonderful blend of 81% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Cabernet, with the remainder Malbec and Petit Verdot. The wine was aged in 85% new French oak for 22 months prior to bottling and was primarily sourced from the Conner Lee Vineyard, while the Cabernet is sourced from the Tapteil Vineyard. It opens with aromatics of black tea, coffee grounds, milk chocolate and suggestions of candied red cherries. There are dense, concentrated flavors of black cherries, blackberry cobbler, black tea, anise and crème de cassis. The texture is absolutely gorgeous as the flavors continue to linger on and on. If approaching this young, it would be best to allow for least an hour of air contact. Drink 2017-2035- 94
2014 Long Shadows ‘Feather’ Cabernet Sauvignon- The 2014 Long Shadows 'Feather' is another profound wine from this estate. The wine is made by esteemed Napa Valley winemaker Randy Dunn, who only has this outside project in wine other than his Dunn Vineyards wines. In this Cabernet, Randy Dunn uses the same oak treatment as he does in his Dunn wines, utilizing Vicard oak barrels where it spent 22 months prior to bottling. The Cabernet Sauvignon was sourced from The Benches Vineyard, Dionysus Vineyard (72 Block) and Pepper Bridge Vineyard. As it begins to unwind the aromatics of red bell pepper, anise, crème de cassis, violets, black cherries and blackberry preserves all begin to come together. On the palate flavors of black cherry reduction, black olive, mocha and sandalwood all continue to weave their way though the wine. This has an exceedingly long finish that sits alongside moderate tannins. This is dense and polished, showing wonderful poise and minerality considering the vintage. Drink 2017-2035- 94
2014 Long Shadows 'Pirouette' Red Wine- The 2014 'Pirouette' by Long Shadows is a stunning release from this Walla Walla property. This blend of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Petit Verdot, 17% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 1% Malbec, was aged in 75% new oak for 22 months prior to bottling. Made by Phillipe Melka, the Cabernet Sauvignon from Red Mountain is hand rolled in the barrel four times per day which disturbs the fruit and integrates the tannins. As this sensational wine begins to open it releases exotic aromas of graphite, blackberry pie, milk chocolate, cassis and roasted coffee. There are rich flavors of black cherries, mocha, black olive, crème de cassis, Asian spices, sagebrush and mint that sit alongside moderate tannins. Dense, chewy and backwards, this is gorgeous fruit driven red wine which is delicious now, but shoud also cellar well over the course of the next decade. Drink 2017-2032- 94
2014 Long Shadows ‘Sequel’ Syrah- The 2014 'Sequel' Syrah is a stunning release from Long Shadows. This gorgeous Syrah is made by eminent Aussie winemaker John Duval, the former winemaker on the Penfolds Grange project. The Syrah wine opens with dense aromatics of smoked brisket, white pepper, black olive and hints of mocha and blackberry jam. There are layered flavors of black cherry, mocha, anise, crème de cassis and blackberry cobbler. This is intense, extracted and remains balanced from start to finish. This is one the best Sequel wines I've tasted in the past ten years. Drink 2016-2027-95