Splash decant and strain for sediment (had a lot) .... This is drinking quite well now. The fruit has receded, but is still present, though I'd say it's more of a secondary note. The tannins are smooth, but still bracingly dry. There is a big acid pop and a decent amount of spice and earth. Altogether well made, not even slightly hot and in a very well-balanced place right now. Drier and more responded than most California Syrahs. Hard to imagine it improving much, as I think it would suffer from further lose of fruit. ... Mother's Day 2015
This is inky black syrah goodness. Had it for Christmas dinner with a brisket...perfection in a bottle. Beautifully balance wine with tons of blackberry and enough oak to balance the sweet fruit. Opened in advance, but should have decanted. Will be interesting to see how the leftovers are tomorrow.
A beautiful example of Washington Syrah from one of those glorious early 21st century vintages. The wine was a bit cold still coming out of a long slumber in my cellar and so the aromas were a bit closed. The mouthfeel was pure velvet and as the wine warmed in the mouth it bloomed and exploded with luscious blackberry fruit, some graphite, and a noticeable floral quality. I kept expecting a more viscous and heavy wine but it just delivered a taste profile usually associated with weight like that in a lighter acidic and pretty juice. Not a Cayuse-type of funky Syrah, but a sweet, smooth and velvety glide down the magic slide. Oh why oh why do I not have more of this wine!?
Inky purple, staining color extract. Not much going on in the nose but this note was written quickly after opening. Some high-toned berry in the nose. Ripe, smoky blueberry with slightly drying, finishing tannins. A bit bitter on the back end.
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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)
(Long Shadows Sequel Columbia Valley) Rich with coffee grounds and black licorice on an alluring nose. Fairly tight on the taste at present. Give 6-12 months. 96% Syrah; 4% Cabernet. 14.7% alcohol. 2,012 cases produced.
This is one of the more anticipated Washington State releases from the 2006 vintage, dubbed the "Columbia Grange" (instead of Columbia Gorge), John Duval has made his presence known with one of this country's most distinctive Syrah-based wines. The former maestro of Penfold's Grange has done it again with a wine that resembles the 2004 version with the youth of 2006 strapped to its back (you can look up TN's on the 2004 to give you an idea). I'll spare you the cut and paste of the Wine Advocate reviews from past vintages but the Tanzer review of the 2004 seemed pertinent to the style of the 2006.
EXTREMELY LIMITED (unlike previous vintages that were widely distributed, most of the 2006 was sold out at the winery earlier in the winter):
VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED and still priced within reason.
ONE SHIPMENT ONLY directly from the source with perfect provenance:
2006 Sequel (Long Shadows) Syrah Columbia Valley (750ml)
Jon Rimmerman Garagiste Seattle, WA WA8110
1937 2007 White Burgundy 2007 White Burgundy
Here's another terrific bargain with the 2007 White Burgundy vintage as its guide.
In a stranger than fiction occurrence, Tramier has become more known over the last several years for their white wine than their highly coddled reds (I can see why but this would be like Mugnier being known more for Meursault than Musigny). Tramier did exceptionally well in 2004 and again in 2007 with their Macon offerings (both classic vintages) and the pricing simply cannot be beat. I'm not going to say they can't do well in more extractive years, but their success in medium-weight campaigns is undeniable (although they did win the Tastevinage award for last year's 2006 Saint-Veran - one of the highest accolades from their peer group - I would expect even higher praise for the 2007).
This is a wine you can throw darts at - for less than $15, you have real white Burgundy from one of the epicenters of quality in the vintage (Saint-Veran). From a vineyard very close to Pouilly-Fuisse proper, Tramier uses little (if any) wood, preferring to focus on the vintage and varietal fruit instead - in a year like 2007, that's the formula for the most transparent success.
A wine full of underlying tension, soil, mineral tone and ample presence, this is a 2007 white Burgundy that is almost a laugh for the tarrif (and it should drink well for several years). When I try a "grand vin" like this in the under $15 range, it makes me question an entire industry of Chardonnay in the US, Australia or anywhere else for that matter. It's hard to justify the importance of something like Aubert Chardonnay when this is available ...
VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED (you can't have enough of this everyday star)
ONE SHIPMENT ONLY directly from the cellars at Tramier:
(Long Shadows Sequel Columbia Valley) Generous amounts of red and black dried fruit along with kisses of chocolate. A lot of tartness on the taste. 96% Syrah; 4% Cabernet. 14.7% alcohol. 2,012 cases produced.
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