Six Magnums from Long Shadows

Hello friends. There are hidden little treasure troves of wines in warehouses up and down the Puget Sound. Fortunately, the Full Pull list is front-and-center in the minds of our region’s wine archaeologists, so when these stashes are unearthed, they’re frequently presented to us.

Such a stash recently appeared on my radar: a broad, shallow parcel of large format bottles from Long Shadows. By broad, I mean there are several different wines available. And by shallow, I mean there aren’t very many bottles of any of them.

Given the amount of interest in large format bottles (judged by e-mail and in-person requests), you’d think we’d offer them more frequently, but they’re devilishly difficult to source in any reasonable quantity. So today, a rare opportunity to access magnums from a terrific Washington winery (check out a previous offering for details on Long Shadows). As vessels for aging, as capstones for a cellar, as gifts for wine-loving friends, mags are tough to beat.

2008 Long Shadows Saggi 1.5L MAGNUM

Made in conjunction with Ambrogio and Giovanni Folonari, this is a SuperTuscan style, in 2008 a blend of 45% Sangiovese, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 15% Syrah. Mostly Horse Heaven Hills fruit, with a solid whack of Boushey Vineyard Sangio as well.

Washington Wine Report (Sean Sullivan): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. Rating: ****/***** (Excellent/Exceptional).”

Review of Washington Wines (Rand Sealey): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 19/20pts.”

2007 Long Shadows Chester-Kidder 1.5L MAGNUM

Gilles Nicault, who is the production winemaker for all the Long Shadows wines, makes this Cab-Syrah blend himself. In 2007, it’s 60% Cab and 25% Syrah, rounded out with Petit Verdot and Cab Franc.

Washington Wine Report (Sean Sullivan): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. Rating: ***** (Exceptional).”

Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar (Stephen Tanzer): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 93pts.”

2008 Long Shadows Sequel 1.5L MAGNUM

Syrah made in collaboration with John Duval of Penfolds Grange fame. Includes Boushey Vineyard fruit as well as some old-vine Bacchus Vineyard plantings.

Review of Washington Wines (Rand Sealey): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 19.5/20pts.”

Wine Enthusiast (Paul Gregutt): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 95pts.”

2009 Long Shadows Pirouette 1.5L MAGNUM

A Bordeaux blend made in conjunction with Californians Philippe Melka and Agustin Huneeus, in 2009 this was 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Malbec, with much of the Cab coming from Red Mountain and the 1972 block at Sagemoor.

Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar (Stephen Tanzer): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 93pts.”

Wine Enthusiast (Paul Gregutt): “[REVIEW TEXT NOT YET RELEASED]. Cellar Selection. 95pts.”

2008 Long Shadows Pedestal 1.5L MAGNUM

Long Shadows’ Merlot-dominant wine, made in conjunction with Michel Rolland, from Tapteil, Dionysus, Weinbau, and Connor Lee.

Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar (Stephen Tanzer): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 93pts.”

Review of Washington Wines (Rand Sealey): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 19/20pts.”

2008 Long Shadows Feather 1.5L MAGNUM

Cabernet Sauvignon, made in partnership with Randy Dunn of Napa Valley fame. This is 100% Cab, from Stone Tree, Weinbau, and The Benches.

Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar (Stephen Tanzer): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 93pts.”

Wine Enthusiast (Paul Gregutt): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 94pts.”

Please limit order requests to 6 bottles total (mix and match as you like), and we’ll do our best to fulfill all requests. The wines should arrive in about a week, at which point they will be available for pickup or shipping during the spring shipping window (note: magnums ship separately, in single-bottle shippers).

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