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 Vintage2005 Label 1 of 65 
ProducerLong Shadows Wineries (web)
VarietyRed Blend
SubRegionColumbia Valley
AppellationColumbia Valley
UPC Code(s)894836000132

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2011 and 2019 (based on 16 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 91 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 94 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Ralphie1 on 1/17/2016 & rated 90 points: Very nice. Big fruit. Opened nicely over a couple hours. I am going to wait a little before opening my next bottle. (197 views)
 Tasted by Roentgen Ray on 12/26/2015 & rated 94 points: Chocolate, eucalyptus leaning toward mint with a good level of acidity; bright alone, and could stand up to any rich food. It's dark, and very expressive through and aromatically complex. A lingering tannic grip softly hangs on, in a nice way.

In cellar with temps between 52-61F, from vineyard, not touched until today. (274 views)
 Tasted by garambler on 5/2/2015 & rated 91 points: Some friends brought this over on 5/2/15. It had a rich, plump bouquet of black cherry, blackberry, plum, smoked meat, licorice, pepper and spice aromas. The palate was rich and sharper than expected with flavors of plum, blackberry, black cherry, licorice and spice. 91+ (910 views)
 Tasted by sinebubble on 2/10/2015: Thick and smooth on the first night, Syrah really showing, and declined slightly each night over four. (1505 views)
 Tasted by lirvingham on 2/7/2015 & rated 90 points: Not at all over the hill. Enjoyed over 3 days. Stayed relatively the same over those 3 days. Would drink this year, but will still be good next year. (1331 views)
 Tasted by midtownmac on 12/16/2014: Somewhat disappointed. Lots of funky syrah on the nose but lacking fruit on the palette and a short bitter finish. Came back to this on the second night and it was much better. Juicy and flavorful but still with the short finish. Was hoping for a better experience. (1583 views)
 Tasted by baileycs on 11/16/2014 & rated 92 points: similar to past notes, well integrated, still plenty of life in it, even after a 4 hour decant, very good. (1584 views)
 Tasted by YoRi on 11/12/2014 & rated 89 points: Type de bouteille qui me rend perplexe sur les conditions de garde de ma cave. Je suis en rupture avec les nombreux avis d'experts et d'amateurs sur CT. Ma note tient compte du prix élevé de cette cuvée.
Le vin a été décanté puis carafé environ 2 hres avant dégustation.
Apparence rouge grenat, reflet bleuté, très dense.
Nez moyennement ouvert, mure, cassis, épice et menthol (médicamenteux).
En bouche, les tanins sont bien présents, les saveurs sont conformes aux arômes perçues, le coté mentholé rapeux rappelle le fruit blanc du thé des bois que j'apprécie toujours et que je retrouve parfois dans les Syrahs du nord de la Rhône.
C'est agréable mais l'ampleur et la longueur attendues d'un grand vin ne sont pas au rendez-vous. (1261 views)
 Tasted by CO_Roots13 on 10/26/2014 & rated 94 points: Well made, in a great spot, outstanding bottle. Decanted for a couple hours. Brambly blue fruit and hints of chocolate, spice and something I'm having trouble placing (maybe blood orange). Serious and structured with a long finish. Perfect with herb crusted rack of lamb and roasted fingerling potatoes.
7-19-9-9 (830 views)
 Tasted by Franklin 10 on 8/16/2014 & rated 92 points: Pop and pour 2 small glasses then then slow ox in the kitchen (no decant). Best at the 3rd hour. This well made wine is in a good place and looks to be for quite some time, no rush. (1249 views)
 Tasted by ksteiner on 8/2/2014 & rated 95 points: Phenomenal. Just got better and better. (1078 views)
 Tasted by annerk on 7/19/2014 & rated 93 points: 50+5+13+17+8 Cedar and dark berry on nose. Cola and cedar on finish. Nice acidity, drink now through 2020. (1100 views)
 Tasted by baileycs on 4/15/2014 & rated 91 points: very nice wine, well integrated, smooth, cherries, great nose, nice lingering in the mouth, medium to long finish. In a great spot now, don't see it getting better. Enjoy (1498 views)
 Tasted by San Diego Dago on 2/14/2014 & rated 91 points: Fantastic with my Valentine's Day dinner; spicy shrimp risotto! (1676 views)
 Tasted by lirvingham on 2/12/2014 & rated 91 points: Liking it better than last year! (1434 views)
 Tasted by cpsmith33 on 12/8/2013 & rated 91 points: Drinking well right now. Smooth easy to drink Bordeaux blend. Not as complex as I hoped maybe but very nice and can't complain. (1554 views)
 Tasted by Penguino212 on 12/7/2013 & rated 91 points: 91 plus. Wound tight but opening up nicely (could be a 92 by tomorrow). We are doing a vertical with the 4, 5, and 6 tonight. This is more leather, stewed fruit, plum and drier than the 06. (1471 views)
 Tasted by rfras on 12/6/2013 & rated 91 points: Good Bordeaux blend with cherry and ripe plum flavors with a touch of licorice. It can use a short decant to open up. (1039 views)
 Tasted by dontime on 12/4/2013: Solid, but left no lasting impression. If scoring, 89-91. (1071 views)
 Tasted by Jamesgold on 10/22/2013 & rated 94 points: Chocolate and raspberries, this wine is opulent. Great way to finish a day.
 Tasted by team-blackburn on 9/8/2013 & rated 88 points: Didn't meet expectations (1211 views)
 Tasted by oropeza on 6/23/2013 & rated 90 points: raisin in the nose with a mild velvet touch to tongue. Tobacco, stewed fruit, leather in the mouth. Might be getting past prime. lots of sediment (1459 views)
 Tasted by vinomex on 6/6/2013 & rated 91 points: Almost two years after my last bottle. Very smooth after 30 minutes. Solid wine, I cannot see this improving much more 90-91 pts. (1486 views)
 Tasted by Madkat on 6/1/2013 & rated 91 points: Very good bottle of wine.... smooth with really expressive fruit and a great richness in the finish... I have never had a bad bottle from Long Shadows. (1427 views)
 Tasted by lirvingham on 5/7/2013 & rated 90 points: Solid but still not as good as the 04. (1560 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, November/December 2008, IWC Issue #141
(Long Shadows Vintners Collection Chester-Kidder Red Wine Columbia Valley) Subscribe to see review text.
By Jon Rimmerman
Garagiste (11/12/2009)
(Chester-Kidder) Box

Dear Friends,

Long Shadows has received a heap of critical praise lately, mostly for their top 2005 and 2006 portfolio, and we've been offered a few limited wood boxes of the Vintner's Collection (2006) - almost all of these were offered as "winery only" packs but a few have been handed around to retail in the immediate area (as far as I know, none of the packs made it outside of the NW - the winery is already completely sold out of all the 2006's so this is the last of the vintage - they are moving on to 2007 for the red wines).

This is a great way to get a feel for this detailed and modern Washington State winery at a price that is below market for each item. Long Shadows has the highest aspirations for all of their wines and they will not be satisfied until their stable is considered the best of its type in the US. Considering the recent acclaim and relative obscurity of these 6-packs, this is a bargain at the mid-upper end (today's Tanzer will only add fuel to the fire - none of the wines in the portfolio received less than 90pts).

A wood box was specially made for this set - it is handsomely etched and would be a terrific gift for someone special that enjoys the finest high-impact/fussed over domestic wines. Inside each pack you will receive:

1 - 2006 Pirouette
1 - 2006 Feather
1 - 2006 Pedestal
1 - 2006 Sequel
1 - 2006 Saggi
1 - 2005 Chester-Kidder
(CK is always released late, thus the 2005, which was a behemoth vintage in Twice Walla)

This is a one-time offer - the winery is giving us approximately 14 hours from now (seriously - 9:00am tomorrow) to take possession of the lot or they are going into their library for release a decade down the road:

Long Shadows Vintner's Collection LIMITED wood 6-pack (focus: 2006)

Thank you,

Jon Rimmerman
Seattle, WA
By Sean Sullivan
Washington Wine Report (7/23/2009)
(Long Shadows Chester-Kidder Columbia Valley) Lots of anise seed and a bit of funk on the nose. Fairly dry and very tart. Needs time. 55% Cabernet; 40% Syrah; 5% Merlot. 14.7% alcohol. 1,586 cases produced.  ***** points
By Sean Sullivan
Washington Wine Report (1/21/2009)
(Long Shadows Chester-Kidder Columbia Valley) A bold wine with dark fruit, spice and an expressive palate marked by black licorice, a solid tannin profile, and a pleasing tartness. 55% Cabernet; 40% Syrah; 5% Merlot. 14.7% alcohol. 1,586 cases produced.  **** points
By Jon Rimmerman
Garagiste (11/20/2008)

Dear Friends,

We're becoming a regular outlet for Washington State wine (not really) and this time it's a wine that is probably the best new release from this winery to date. The 2004 version of this wine received a 93 or 94 in the WA and the 2005 makes mince meat of that offering - Tanzer just penned a review of the 2005 and he was clearly as enthusiastic as I am. While expensive, this wine is competing at a very high level in the Cabernet playfield and it would run circles around many California entrants at a far higher price. Maybe it's the sneaky addition of Syrah in the blend (which adds the note of wisteria mentioned in the review below) but the broad impression is one of first-class winemaking and fruit for a price-level that has (somehow) become moderate.

This is not a dead, over-oaked wine - it's alive with an energy absent from the last few bottlings of this cuvee and it's noticeable from the first sip. It's obvious the winery was not amused that their flagship (this) received less critical praise in the past than their other wines and they made sure that didn't happen with the 2005 - they're out to make a statement with this wine and it is a resounding one. Seriously impressive stuff:

ONE SHIPMENT ONLY of the 2005 directly from the cellars at Long Shadows (we only have 10% or our normal allocation this year):

2005 Chester-Kidder (Long Shadows)
(I'm sure we are not the lowest price on this but I have no idea - there is not a lot to go around this year)

This wine will be available for local pick up in 2-3 weeks and will ship during the first available shipping window - if the current cold continues, it will be in the spring but we'll keep close tabs on it (weather permitting).

Thank you,

Jon Rimmerman
Seattle, WA

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Washington State is a premium wine producing region located in the northwest corner of the United States. Although a relatively young wine industry, it is now the nation's second largest wine producer and is ranked among the world's top wine regions. Washington wines are found nationally in all 50 states and internationally in more than 40 countries.

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Winemakers from all over the world have chosen to establish themselves in Washington, where they can create wines reflecting this region's unique characteristics. Their hand-crafted wines are receiving wide acclaim from critics regionally, nationally and internationally for their consistently high quality. Many of them have received scores of 90 and above from the major wine media. Overall this is a higher percentage than other leading wine regions.

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Washington State is a premium wine producing region located in the northwest corner of the United States. Although a relatively young wine industry, it is now the nation's second largest wine producer and is ranked among the world's top wine regions. Washington wines are found nationally in all 50 states and internationally in more than 40 countries.

Washington produces more than 20 wine grape varieties - a ratio of 56 percent white to 44 percent red. As the industry matures and experiments, it finds many grape varieties that thrive throughout Washington's microclimates. There are more than 16,000 vineyard acres of red wine varieties statewide.

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The Columbia Valley AVA lies mostly in Washington state, with a small section in Oregon. The Cascade Range forms its western boundary with the Palouse regions bordering the area to the east. To the north, the Okanogan National Forest forms a border with the AVA and Canada. It encompasses the valleys formed by the Columbia River and its tributaries, including the Walla Walla River, the Snake River, and the Yakima River. The Columbia valley stretches between the 46th parallel and 47th parallel which puts it in line with the well known French wine growing regions of Bordeaux and Burgundy. The northern latitude gives the areas two more hours of additional daylight during the summer growing season than wine regions of California receive. The volcanic and sandy loam soil of the valley offers good drainage and is poor in nutrients, ideal in forcing the vine to concentrate its resources into the grape clusters.

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