2015 Long Shadows Winery Syrah Sequel

Year: 2015
Appellation: Columbia Valley
Country: USA - Washington
Wine Spectator: 90
Wine Advocate: 92
Vinous Media: 93+
Connoisseurs' Guide: 90
James Suckling: 93
Jeb Dunnuck: 95
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.9%
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"Focused and expressive, with lively raspberry, spice and licorice flavors that linger. Drink now through 2023. 1,826 cases made. -TF" (WS)

"The 2015 Syrah Sequel (which includes 7% Cabernet Sauvignon) unfurls in the glass with notes of sweet cassis and black fruit that mingle with notions of rich grilled meats and toasty oak that's better integrated than in the 2014 Vintage Select Bin 898, which is also reviewed in this report. On the palate, it's full-bodied, deep and powerful, with a sweet core of fruit and a chewy chassis of fine-grained tannins that are going to require a few years' bottle age." (WA)

"Bright ruby-red. A real cornucopia of Syrah scents on the nose, among them dark fruits, game, smoke, nuts and iodiney minerality. Then tighter and less expressive in the mouth than the nose suggests, and a bit less wild as well, but already conveys a refined texture and harmonious acidity to its dark fruit and mineral flavors. This firmly structured Syrah finishes with impressive mounting length, the tannins spreading out to dust the entire mouth. (14.8% alcohol)" (VM)

"Here is a bold, full-scaled Syrah in both size and scope, and, despite its unabashed ripeness, it never wavers in its expression of deep, very pure, mixed-berry fruit and exhibits peppery, varietal spice to spare. It is not a wine of subtlety yet is layered and quite complex all the same, and it never once threatens to lose control. Four or five years of additional cellaring are required if it is to reach its best, and it will be in fine form upon reaching its tenth anniversary. This one is a keeper. Reviewed: October 2018" (CG)

"Aromas of blackberries, blueberries and black licorice follow through to the medium to full body. Firm and silky tannins and a checked, fine finish. Drink and enjoy." (JS)

"Incorporating 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2015 Sequel Syrah wasn’t destemmed and spent 18 months in 65% new French oak. Its inky purple color is followed by a huge nose of blackberry liqueur, espresso roast, scorched earth, and dark chocolate. This is followed by a full-bodied, beautiful Syrah that has remarkable freshness and purity, fine tannin, and a great, great finish. It's always a pedal-to-the-metal effort, yet the 2015 stays beautifully fresh and lively on the palate. This is certainly one of the finest vintages to date." (JD)

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.

Following a warmer than average winter, spring arrived early in the Columbia Valley. Summer was hot and dry, with temperatures cooling at just the right time to keep tannins in check. In September, conditions returned to a more typical Columbia Valley weather pattern marked by warm days and cool nights that beautifully ripened the vintage's small, thick-skinned berries. The resulting wines are both powerful and elegant.