Three 2010s from Long Shadows

Hello friends. The 2010 vintage from Long Shadows just hit the Seattle market, and there’s not much to be had. We’ve already received a bunch of requests for several of the bottles, I’m guessing based on past experience with the winery along with a series of already-released positive reviews. Well, squeaky wheels, here’s your grease.

Long Shadows, for list newbies, is a visionary effort by Allen Shoup. Allen formerly ran Stimson Lane, which encompassed Chateau Ste Michelle, Columbia Crest, and a number of other wineries. His idea was to pair the best grapes of Washington with the best winemakers from the rest of the world, an idea that continues to succeed splendidly.

2010 Long Shadows Pirouette (BDX Blend)

A Bordeaux blend made in conjunction with Californians Philippe Melka and Agustin Huneeus, in 2010 this was 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, and 10% Petit Verdot, with the Cab coming from Red Mountain and the 1972 block at Sagemoor, and the Merlot and PV from Dionysus.

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

We have a hold on the last parcel in western Washington, and this is sold out at the winery. No reorder opportunities will be possible.

2010 Long Shadows Pedestal (Merlot)

Pedestal is Long Shadows’ Merlot-dominant wine, made in conjunction with Bordeaux-based Michel Rolland, who is probably the most famous consulting winemaker in the world. The 2010 is a full 81% Merlot (from Weinbau, Candy Mountain, Dionysus, and Conner Lee), the remainder Cabernet Sauvignon (from Tapteil on Red Mountain).

Wine Advocate (Jeb Dunnuck): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 94pts.”

This too is sold out at the winery.

2010 Long Shadows Feather (Cabernet Sauvignon)

The outstanding Randy Dunn of Dunn Vineyards (Howell Mountain, Napa Valley) makes this 100% Cabernet Sauvignon for Long Shadows. He dips into the entire portfolio of the old-vine Sagemoor Farms family, grabbing Cab from Sagemoor, Bacchus, Dionysus, and Weinbau. There’s also a small whack of StoneTree Vineyard fruit in the mix, affirmation of the growing importance of this Wahluke Slope site.

Wine Enthusiast (Paul Gregutt): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 94pts.” [Note: this will also appear on Wine Enthusiast’s Top 100 Cellar Selections for 2013.]

Wine Advocate (Jeb Dunnuck): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 94pts.”

Please limit order requests to 6 bottles of Pirouette, and 12 bottles each of Pedestal and Feather, and we’ll do our best to fulfill all requests. The wines should arrive in about a week, at which point they will be ready for pickup or shipping during the next temperature-appropriate shipping window.

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