2017 Long Shadows Winery Cabernet-Sangiovese Saggi

Year: 2017
Appellation: Columbia Valley
Country: USA - Washington
Wine Advocate: 90
Vinous Media: 91
James Suckling: 93
Jeb Dunnuck: 92
Wine Enthusiast: 91
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.8%
Price :

59% Sangiovese, 24% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Syrah

"Slightly volatile on the nose, the 2017 Saggi begins dark-fruited with dark berry aromas and tones of leather, baked earth and subtle dried herbs. Full-bodied, the wine is dense and chewy but leaves me wanting more complexity, ending with flavors of bitter dark chocolate and notions of tar on the gripping and tannic finish. It doesn’t have the same depth and focus found in other bottle is in the range." (WA)

"Medium dark red. Lovely perfumed lift to the aromas of raspberry, cherry, currant, rose petal, earth and tobacco leaf. Suave, vinous wine with good grip and medium body to its flavors of red and darker berries, spices, flowers and leather. Dried herb and menthol nuances contribute Old World complexity. The tannins are fine, dusty and broad, and the wine's floral perfume repeats on the end. This Sangiovese-based blend carries its alcohol more gracefully than the 2016 release did at the same stage. Sneaky length." (VM)

"This a red with cherry, berry, chocolate and iron character. Full body and firm, fine tannins with a chewy nature. Dusty texture. A year or two is going to soften this. 59% sangiovese, 24% cabernet sauvignon and 17% syrah. Drink after 2021." (JS)

"The 2017 Saggi checks in as 59% Sangiovese, 24% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 17% Syrah that spent 18 months in 60% new oak. Its deep, saturated purple color isn't reminiscent of Sangiovese, yet it boasts rocking notes of jammy blackberries, raspberries, toasted spices, and dried flowers, with just a kiss of dried earth. Medium-bodied, with subtle oak, notable balance, and a great finish. it's another impeccably made wine by this estate that has loads to love." (JD)

"The aromas are light, with notes of cranberry, spice, sour cherry, leather and purple fruit. The palate is considerably more expressive, with full-bodied notes of cranberry, raspberry and cherry with a vibrant sense of acidity stitching them together. -Sean P. Sullivan" (WE)

Winery Notes:
Tasting Notes:
The 2017 Saggi is a Sangiovese based blend offering vibrant aromas and flavors of wild strawberries, red currants and black cherries with appealing notes of cinnamon and sweet spice. The flavors gain focus on the mid-palate with a layered richness, balanced acidity and polished tannins that carry the wine’s lengthy finish.

Budbreak was later than usual in 2017 due to a cool, wet spring, but temperatures warmed nicely for bloom. 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.

Handpicked grapes were gently crushed and fermented in small, two-ton tanks. Then, using a technique called saignée (French for “to bleed”), 5-10% of the juice was removed from the tank at the beginning of fermentation to increase the proportion of grape skins to juice. This results in a richer, more concentrated wine. Small lot, extended maceration for an average of 30 days provided refined tannins and a silky mouthfeel. Aged 18 months in all French oak barrels (60% new).

Saggi is a blend of two distinct Washington State Sangiovese vineyards. Candy Mountain Sangiovese is grown in a warm area of the Columbia Valley. It delivers grapes with ripe, black currant aromas and flavors. Boushey Vineyard Sangiovese, grown in the Yakima Valley, is a cooler site that brings brightness and balanced acidity to the blend. Boushey is also the source for Saggi’s Syrah. It is used in combination with Cabernet Sauvignon from the Wahluke Slope, predominately from Stone Tree Vineyard, to build structure and richness.