2017 Long Shadows Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Feather

Year: 2017
Appellation: Columbia Valley
Country: USA - Washington
Wine Spectator: 89
Wine Advocate: 95
Vinous Media: 93
Connoisseurs' Guide: 88
Jeb Dunnuck: 95+
Wine Enthusiast: 90
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.9%
Price :
$59.95
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100% CABERNET SAUVIGNON

"Compact and tightly focused, featuring brooding currant and lead pencil accents, finishing with medium-grained tannins. Best from 2021 through 2028. 3,341 cases made. -TF" (WS)

"Currently still tight, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Feather has classic Cabernet aromas of blackberry, dark cherry, currant and cassis, plus notes of graphite, pencil shavings and seductive oak tones. Full-bodied, the wine is both juicy and rigid and will need time to settle. The palate is focused and precise, showing an aesthetic frame of fruits before moving toward a compact mid-palate with spices and gripping tannins, ending with a long and thoughtful finish. I recommend cellaring this for a few years. The wine will age for a couple of decades, so be patient. Randy Dunn, ladies and gentlemen! Wow!" (WA)

"Bright ruby-red. Musky scents of cassis, black raspberry, dark chocolate, menthol and sexy oak, plus hints of graphite and soil. Plush, fine-grained and sweet on entry, then energized in the mid-palate by a floral quality. This suave but youthfully backward wine is savory as much as sweet, with substantial dusty tannins arriving early and cutting off the fruit today. But this 100% Cabernet Sauvignon has the energy and intensity for a graceful evolution in bottle. It may be a bit less dense than the '16, a wine whose likely aging curve I may have underestimated, but it offers lovely pliancy and floral lift. My sample developed beautifully with 24 hours in the recorked bottle, with the tannins showing more suavity and a finishing note of bitter chocolate contributing sweetness. Lay this one down." (VM)

"Fully ripe and redolent of dark cherries and berries with a splash of sweet oak, this very rich, full-bodied wine is a bit shy on acid and transitions fairly quickly from roundness on entry to decidedly gruff tannins and winds up shrouded in palate-drying astringency at the finish. It clearly asks for age, yet its inner softness suggests that lengthy cellaring may not be in its best interest and that no more than three or four years of waiting is in order. Reviewed: December 2020" (CG)

"I always love this wine, and the 2017 Feather is no exception. Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and brought up in 88% new French oak, it has loads of black fruits, dark chocolate, graphite, and charcoal aromatics as well as a full-bodied, concentrated, backward style on the palate. It's terrific, but don't open bottles for at least another 3-4 years." (JD)

"Cellar Selection, Aromas of toast, burnt coffee, raspberry, char and barrel spice are in the lead, with the fruit following. Dense, rich fruit flavors follow, backed by tightly wound tannins that need time in the cellar. It's all about the oak right now, but the stuffing is there. Give it time in the cellar to (hopefully) integrate. Best after 2026. -Sean P. Sullivan " (WE)

Winery Notes:
Acclaimed Napa Valley vintner Randy Dunn has a reputation for producing world-class Cabernet Sauvignon. He brings more than four decades of winemaking experience to the Columbia Valley to produce Feather, his only wine made outside of California.

Tasting Notes:
Impressive depth and purity are displayed on a core of mocha-scented blackberry and ripe plum flavors woven with hints of rosemary and thyme. The wine’s refined tannins and an appealing earthiness provide rich texture and a lengthy finish.

Vintage:
A wet, cool spring delayed bud break in 2017, but temperatures warmed nicely later in the season for bloom. Despite the late start, conditions moderated in early summer before warming again in July to drive total heat accumulation a bit above average for the season. Harvest began towards the end of August, then temperatures cooled considerably in mid-September to extend hang time and allow the grapes to reach full physiological maturity without spiking sugars. The resulting wines are rich and expressive, displaying excellent acidity and structure that is reflective of the quality of the vintage.

Winemaking:
Handpicked grapes were sorted, lightly crushed and fermented in small stainless steel tanks. Once fermentation was underway, the cap was pumped over aggressively to extract color and structure. As fermentation neared completion, pump overs were handled more gently to further extract color and delicate flavors without imparting harsh tannins. When ready for barrel, the wine aged 22 months in all French oak barrels, 90% new.

Vineyards:
Washington is a diverse growing region that offers a wide variety of fruit expression as showcased in this multi-layered wine. Walla Walla’s Summit View Vineyard gives the wine its beautiful color and intense mid-palate. Dionysus Vineyard Cabernet, northwest of Pasco, offers wonderful aromatics. Weinbau Vineyard, on the Wahluke Slope, is a warm site that yields dark fruit characteristics with plenty of structure and backbone. Finally, grapes from three top Horse Heaven Hills vineyards accentuate the varietal character and contribute to the wine’s silky texture.