2008 Long Shadows Winery Syrah Sequel

Year: 2008
Appellation: Columbia Valley
Country: USA - Washington
Wine Spectator: 91
Wine Advocate: 92
Vinous Media: 91
Wine Enthusiast: 95
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.7%
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"Firm in texture and dark in flavor, this is tightly wound with tannins. The pieces are there for this to come together, but needs time for its blackberry and smoke flavors to shed their straitjacket. Best after 2013. 1,025 cases made." (WS)

"The 2008 Sequel Syrah contains 2% Cabernet Sauvignon and was made by John Duval, former winemaker of Penfolds Grange. It was aged for 18 months in 65% new French oak and 5% 300-liter American oak barrels. Smoke, game, black tea, incense, blueberry, and blackberry aromas compose the bouquet of this relatively forward, plush, pleasure-bent Syrah. It can be approached now and will continue to provide enjoyment through 2020.

Long Shadows and its seven labels, each with its own star winemaker, is just the beginning of Alan Shoup’s visionary project. He has purchased controlling interest in the Wallulla Vineyard from the Den Hoed brothers who developed it and who will continue to manage this huge project on the cliffs overlooking the Columbia River. Shoup has renamed it The Benches. It must be seen to be believed, encompassing 20 miles of road carved through the development. Shoup’s plan is to have each Long Shadow label have its own cave built into the landscape. Some fruit from the Benches is already being incorporated into some of the Long Shadows wines." (WA)

"(with 1% cabernet sauvignon): Ruby-red. Lively aromas of black raspberry, blackberry, white pepper, minerals and a whiff of game. Sweet and smooth but rather brooding today; less expressive than this John Duval-made syrah normally is in the early going. Dark fruit and musky game flavors dominate, but this rather musclebound wine will need at least a few years in the bottle to gain in nuance." (IWC)

"Bursting with sweet toast from the barrel aging, this offers ripe and pretty berry fruit, deep and long, with highlights of oolong tea. The alcohol is not intrusive, and the acidity keeps it buoyed and lively. — P.G. (2/1/2012)" (WE)

Winery Notes:
John Duval, formerly of Australia's iconic Penfolds Grange, chose the Columbia Valley as his "Sequel" for the continuation of his life's work with Syrah.

A deep, dark beauty loaded with dried cherry and currant aromas and flavors wrapped in nuances of cola, incense and barrel spice. Plush and savory on the palate with an appealing concentration of fruit and silky tannins that linger on the finish.