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.
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.
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
Very good Bordeaux blend from Columbia Valley. First had at a wine tasting 4-5 years ago and was glad to have this again last night. Held up nicely to both lamb shank and veal tenderloin and the black pepper nose is memorable. Glad I still have some in the cellar!
I am a huge Long Shadows fan and have several bottles of Piroutte, Feather and Chester-Kidder in my cellar but wasn't overwhelmed with this bottle. Make no mistake it is well made and pleasant to drink but didn't blow me away like other vintages of Chester-Kidder have in the past. The nose is typical of Washington cab and was noticable despite the competing scents of charred and roasted meat at the restaurant. The medium to full bodied wine features dark under-ripened blue fruit on the palate with a nice blueberry lollipop finish. I was surprised that this wine still needed a 40 minute decant to come into it's own which suggest it is safe to cellar a little while longer. Cheers!
The first night I was disappointed that this didn't live up to the bottle I had a year ago. The complexity was absent and it tasted like an average cab/syrah blend. The second night, however, it all came back and drank wonderfully. Complex and earthy on the nose with sweet dried papaya, tanned leather, stewed plums and berries, and clove cigarettes. Medium-plus weight in the mouth with nice grip and acidity that leaves the fruit slathered over the inside of the mouth. Plenty of flavor on the finish.
I would let these sit for a few more years or give a long decant.
Solid, well built wine, with balanced parts fruit and acid. Agree with others that it lacked any oomph to make it especially noteworthy, but it was a very gluggable bottle to get the evening started with. Enjoyed by all present.
Solid wine with good structure. Easy to drink. Lacks depth to put it over the top. Perhaps with more age secondary flavors will begin to show as it's not showing any signs of degradation at this point. Fruit is still fresh and lively. Cherry, strawberry but mostly rasberry.
Very dark in glass. Powerful nose of blackberries, plums, prunes, cocoa and tobacco. The aromas jump out of the glass. The palate shows ripe plums, some blackberries with some blueberries as well, pepper, earth and tobacco. High intensity. Great feel to the structure here, the tannins, while present and firm, have such a gentle feel. Some minor heat shows on the finish, thankfully the intensity of the wine stand up to it. Super delicious overall, a crowd-pleasing, high intensity wine with some complexity and evolution. Very enjoyable.
Four hour decant. Easily pass for a classed left bank wine, this starts with modest funk which blows off after the first hour. The cab and cab franc dominate the complex nose which reveals plums, cedar, and smoke. The syrah adds a pinch of crushed pepper across the palette. Plenty of grip and a solid, flavorful finish.
A friend shared a bottle of this with me last year and we agreed it was superb but needed time for the tannins. The tannins are better integrated now and the wine can be enjoyed after decanting, although five-plus years of patience will be rewarded.
Tanzer 2005 WA Cabernets and Blends (Palace Ballroom, Seattle, WA): Tanzer 2005 WA CABs - flight 1/4 with 05 Cadence Bel Canto and Betzi. This was one of the more unusual wines of the night. Maybe it is the 40% Syrah. I teasing asked Gilles if this is why he makes wine in the US and not France - because in france you could not put this blend together in most places. He was a very pleasant guy, adding more PVerdot to the blend now. He prefers the 04 and the 06 to the '05. This one I'd like to try again and over the entire night because I love Syrah and love Cab, not sure I love them together. Very dark fruit, with loads of tannin and acid and paired better with the food.
Drank from a 375ml. Pleasant red blend in which the firmer Cabernet grape prevails even though it is made up of 40% Syrah. A previous review describing the wine as angular fits the character of this bottle. Medium in body, firm tannins and dryness. A more serious wine than what I've had lately. It took about an hour in the glass to come into its own, but remains young. There is a certain coolness about WA wines in general that makes them pleasant to drink but not overly stimulating, special or complex, this one might be the slight exception.
A friend and I tasted this in the Woodinville tasting room on 6/11/11. It had a rich, balanced bouquet of dusty attic, cedar, floral, blackberry, blueberry, cocoa, pomegranate, spice and pepper aromas. The palate was rich, ripe and round with flavors of blackberry, blueberry, cocoa, black cherry, pepper and spice. 91+
First of all, let me tell you that I'm a bit biased. For those of you familiar with Long Shadows, you know they make good wine. You also know that they're not at all shy about telling you how cool they are. That arrogance almost prevented me from buying this bottle, and it may be unconsciously reflected in this review.
Cedar spice on the nose, with some dark fruit and tobacco. Tempered black cherry on the palate. The wine is well structured without being overly tannic, and the finish is incredibly long. It could definitely benefit from a few more years in the cellar, but it's great now.
Balanced and interesting. Great cassis and cedar notes on the nose and palette. Juicy finish without presenting itself as a fruit bomb. Tobacco, leather, and a bit of milk chocolate in there too. Deeeeelicious.
Deep dark gorgeous black fruit. A heavyweight by all accounts. Tremendous length, sour cherries and blackberries. Palate coating viscocity, still a bit tannic as well as a touch hot; but this is early drinking for a wine of this pedigree. Sit on this one for 3 to 5 more years, but it has the stuff to last a decade longer. Bombastic, but nicely structured.....not easy to pull off.
The "actual wine maker" of the Longshadows project. Again, very dark and opaque in color.
Ok, here I think the aromatics fit WA state and also give you more than the other Longshadows I have thus far tasted -- Feather, Pirouette and Saggi. Mineral, sage, tobacco, bright blue fruits and seemingly more harmonious.
Shows its acid on the palate -- more "angular" Nate says, and I think he has nailed it. "The Syrah really pops" and again, I completely agree with that. Does it the duality of the wines well. More agressive than Buty's Redivivia. Angular, punchy, and maybe not for everyone. But I like it. At $49 it is just barely playing in the ball park. Would be much better at $29.
Tight complex wine - definately needs time to decant for sure. Spicy wine with bold tannins, started to open up after 2 hours and the fruit started to come through although it never really fully opened up. There is a lot going on with this wine and my opinion is that this will be a very good wine over time, but it still needs time in the bottle.
Ruby red in color; sweet and fresh strawberry, candied fruit on the nose along with floral and spice notes (almost comes off as a pinot noir); initially very tight, with bright, fresh strawberry/raspberry tart fruit; again, this drinks like a medium-bodied pinot noir. Flavor settles and lingers. After two hours of decanting, this doesn't become any fuller or richer. Just not enough there.
2008 Taste of Washington (Qwest Field Event Center, Seattle): To be honest, don't recall if I was trying the '04 or '05. If it was the '05 it was very early since they normally don't release the CK until summer. I suspect it was the '04 since it was more approchable than the other Long Shadows offerings. Allen Shoup's own wine, it generally doesn't receive the acclaim that the other big names in the Long Shadow's portfolio - although as good in my opinion.