2015 Long Shadows Winery Red Blend Chester-Kidder

Year: 2015
Appellation: Columbia Valley
Country: USA - Washington
Vinous Media: 92+
Jeb Dunnuck: 94
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.9%
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60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Syrah, 15% Petit Verdot

"Bright ruby-red. Claret-like aromas of dark raspberry, redcurrant and licorice. Penetrating and tightly wound, showing lovely violet lift to the flavors of red and black fruits and licorice. But this Cabernet Sauvignon-based wine is very backward today, still in need of time for its acidity to harmonize. Finishes with firm, building, oak-influenced tannins. Excellent potential here, but lay this one down. (14.9% alcohol)" (VM)

"More cassis, cedary spice, and dried flower notes emerge from the 2015 Red Wine Chester Kidder. It's medium to full-bodied, beautifully complex, and layered, with more upfront charm and approachability than most 2015s. Nevertheless, it's going to evolve gracefully on its balance and harmony. Made from 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Syrah, and 15% Petit Verdot that spent a full 30 months in oak, hats off to winemaker Gilles Nicault for another terrific vintage for this wine.

The talented Gilles Nicault continues to manage this estate and all its different cuvées brilliantly. The key factor to understand with these wines is that each is made with consulting advice from a different winemaker. Hence, the style of each is unique, yet the quality is top notch." (JD)

Winery Notes:
Allen Shoup named this wine in honor of his mother, Elizabeth Chester, and his grandmother, Maggie Kidder. He selected Long Shadows' director of winemaking and viticulture, Gilles Nicault, to craft this New World blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and other classic Bordeaux varieties.

An early spring and hot, dry conditions throughout the summer defined the 2015 Columbia Valley growing season. Building on the success of our canopy management program, we worked with growers throughout the season to hand-prune and trim each vine, which helped protect the grapes from too much afternoon sun and established good airflow inside the canopy. When fall arrived, conditions returned to a more typical Columbia Valley weather pattern. Warm autumn days and cool nights finished ripening beautifully, and small, thick-skinned berries marked the vintage and produced outstanding, fruit-forward wines.

Select Cabernet Sauvignon lots underwent an extended maceration of 40 days to produce supple yet firm tannins that stand up to 30 months of barrel aging in tight-grained French oak barrels (85% new). The extra time in barrel helped to integrate the fruit, enhance the mid-palate with an extra layer of complexity, and provide an appealing earthiness to the finish.

Deep and dark in color with an intensely aromatic profile of blackberry jam, sweet spice, dark chocolate and hints of earth. Dark cherry and subtle oak flavors integrate nicely to create an enticing layer that adds complexity and depth. Its firm structure, yet refined texture, balances well with a vibrancy that extends throughout a lengthy finish.