Not decanted. Started out all black and blue with chocolate and a pleasant Lousiana coffee bitterness on the finish. My husband (he's my lab rat, always gets served blind) guessed WA merlot which was in fact a spot-on observation--neither the cabernet nor the syrah was particularly evident. It softened overtime, and the fruit turned more black cherry on the finish. Just middle-aged right now with plenty of tannins and years of cellar life left. I'll stretch the drinking window to 2020.
Some Friends brought this over on 5/2/15. It had a powerful, fragrant bouquet of smoke, smoked meat, licorice, pepper, spice, black cherry, blackberry and black currant, aromas. The palate was strong and spicy with flavors of pepper, licorice, spice, black cherry, blackberry and black currant.
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(Long Shadows Chester-Kidder Columbia Valley) Dark in color. An outrageous nose of wheat mixed with berry, pepper, and earth. With a swirl anise comes forward and then steps back. On the taste opens up and attacks with dark fruit and gorgeous tannins. A supremely long finish caps it all off. 58% Cabernet; 29% Syrah; 10% Cab Franc; 3% Petit Verdot. 14.7% alcohol. 1,797 cases produced.
This wine has taken on a life of its own and there now appears to be a great deal of pent up demand almost like a mailing list wine from Napa. This proprietary blend seems to hit all the sweet spots with a large percentage of our customer base and it’s often referred to as “Washington State in a Nutshell” for its varietal combination of what Washington does best - all in one beautifully detailed and impeccably made bottle of wine. This is the type of top-end Washington wine that would be much more expensive if it were from Napa...
Long Shadows has graced this space on many occasions and they’ve gone from strength to strength over the past few years. With major international wine hits like Feather, Sequel, Pedestal and others (including the Chester-Kidder), this winery is concerned with one thing only - making the best wines in the Untied States.
The Chester-Kidder is their flagship wine - it represents their philosophy and attention to the highest order with aplomb. From a blend of mostly Cabernet and Syrah with small amounts of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot for an intricate twist, this is one gorgeous mouthful of purple-stained perfumed wine. The winery sources some of the finest grapes in the state from mostly the Horse Haven Hills, Red Mountain, and Wahluke. No expense is spared in this wine’s ascension from vineyard to barrel to bottle.
The 2004’s hallmark is its deft balance and outstanding natural acidity. That combined with great impact and tannins and the overall impression is of a very regal wine that sings to its northern heritage while still slathering the palate with Cabernet and Syrah. The sneaky little Leonetti trick of Eastern European cooperage makes an appearance and the result is a wine that is as seductive as it is powerful. Outstanding and worth the price of admission.
VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED as a worthwhile splurge into Washington State’s best.
ONE SHIPMENT ONLY at this price directly from the source:
2004 Long Shadows “Chester Kidder” Columbia Valley Red Wine
Jon Rimmerman Garagiste Seattle, WA
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