2016 Long Shadows Winery Red Blend Chester-Kidder

Year: 2016
Appellation: Columbia Valley
Country: USA - Washington
Wine Spectator: 89
Wine Advocate: 92+
Vinous Media: 92
Jeb Dunnuck: 94
Wine Enthusiast: 90
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.9%
Price :

58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Syrah, 12% Petit Verdot

"A snappy red, with medium-bodied and zesty red currant, tomato leaf and pepper flavors that persist toward lively tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2023. 1,929 cases made. -TF" (WS)

"Made from a blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Syrah and 12% Petit Verdot, the 2016 Chester Kidder begins with a dense and chewy nose, opening to concentrated black fruit and dark red fruit aromas with dusty black pepper and dried herbs that waft out of the glass with inky resinous purple flowers and lifting oak spices. Full-bodied, the wine is generous with a chewy mouthfeel and firm tannins that tighten on the mid-palate before lingering with a long, drawn-out finish. Leaving behind flavors of bitter dark chocolate, black spice, sticky currants and cassis, there is a lasting flavor of smoked blackberries that recline on the tongue. This is delicious stuff but keep it a couple more years in the wine cellar before opening. Patience will be rewarded." (WA)

"Bright, full ruby. Sexy violet lift to the aromas of cassis, blackberry and kirsch, along with medicinal mint and an herbal pyrazine element. Plush, broad and classic on the palate, with dense black fruit, licorice, violet and tobacco leaf flavors lifted by herbs. (The Petit Verdot element helps to elevate the wine," noted Nicault.) The wine's subtle sweetness is nicely balanced by sound acidity. Finishes with substantial tongue-dusting tannins that call for patience. (14.9% alcohol; 3.83 pH, which Gilles Nicault described as a bit high for this bottling; aged for 30 months in 90% new French oak)" (VM)

"The 2016 Chester Kidder is an interesting blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Syrah, and the rest Petit Verdot, all aged 30 months in 85% new French oak. Jammy blackberries, cassis, graphite, scorched earth, and crushed flower notes all emerge from the glass, and it's full-bodied, with a layered, opulent texture, subtle vanilla oak, and a great finish. It's a beautiful, powerful yet impeccably balanced wine that will evolve for 15-20 years." (JD)

"Barrel aromas of char, toast, roasted coffee bean and spice are at the fore. Pitch-black fruit flavors follow, with smooth tannins backing it up. Coffee and chocolate notes linger on the finish. It's tasty, though the fruit seems subsumed by the style at times. -Sean P. Sullivan " (WE)

Winery Notes:
Tasting Notes:
Inky in color and brimming with layered aromas and flavors of black cherries, baking spice and a subtle earthiness, the 2016 Chester-Kidder offers an impressive concentration of refined tannins and a lively mouthfeel. Wonderfully rich and well-balanced, the wine gains fullness across the mid-palate and leaves a vibrant impression on the finish.

The 2016 vintage was another hot growing season that required extra care in the vineyards. Building on the success of our canopy management program over the last few vintages, we worked with growers throughout the season to encourage growth of the canes and outside foliage to protect against the sun while opening up the fruit zone for even maturation. Warm temperatures in the fall hastened ripening, while the Columbia Valley’s cool autumn nights protected the grapes’ acidity resulting in rich, concentrated wines.

Select Cabernet Sauvignon lots underwent an extended maceration of 40 days to produce intense color, flavor and firm tannins that stand up to 30 months of barrel-aging in tight-grained French oak barrels (80% new). The extended barrel-aging helps to both enhance the wine’s rich mouthfeel as well as integrate the fruit and oak. The result is a supple, layered wine that drinks well on release but also rewards time in the cellar.

Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah grapes from Red Mountain and Candy Mountain give this wine ripe, firm structure and wonderful intensity. Stone Tree Vineyard (Wahluke Slope) adds red fruit characteristics. A small selection of top Columbia Valley vineyards contribute dark fruit and rich textures. Dionysus Vineyard Petit Verdot provides layers of ripe, fresh flavors and refined tannins.

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