Hello friends. Long Shadows continues to be on fire, ripping through vintages and selling out within months of release. To put this into context, we were offering 2008 Feather in summer 2012. That means they’ve sold out five vintages (08, 09, 10, 11, 12) in the span of 36 months. That’s crazy.
So crazy, in fact, that they’ve basically moved entirely to a pre-sell model for the Seattle market. Here’s an excerpt of the e-mail I just received from Long Shadows’ Seattle representatives:
We often spend a great deal of verbiage describing new releases, but with the Long Shadows portfolio, not much needs to be said. These wines speak better for themselves than anything we could put in print. With the brilliant winemaking skills of John Duval (Sequel) and the Folonari brothers (Saggi), these expressions of Syrah and Sangiovese, respectively, are clearly amongst the finest in Washington state today.
While the 2013 vintage was slightly larger for the Long Shadows family of wines, production remains far below demand. Thus, each of these magnificent wines are being allocated based on historical support of the individual wines. Below is your allocation at this time. We ask that you review the allocation for both wines and confirm the allocation no later than Friday, July 31. If you would like to request larger allocations, please indicate that in your response, and we will consider them based on potential availability.
2013 Long Shadows Saggi: Your allocation – [REDACTED; picture a scary number] six-packs
2013 Long Shadows Sequel: Your allocation – [envision Edvard Munch’s The Scream] six-packs
These wines will arrive in our central warehouse in early August and will ship immediately upon arrival.
That is a quick deadline for allocation requests, and that explains why we’re turning around this offer as quickly as possible. I won’t be able to provide any tasting notes for these wines, or even technical information for this vintage, but at this point, the pedigree and year-after-year consistency of the project speaks for itself.
Saggi is Long Shadows’ Sangiovese-dominant wine, made in conjunction with the Folonari family. It is typically about two-thirds Sangio (from Boushey and Candy Mountain), one-third Cabernet Sauvignon from the old-vine 1972 block at Sagemoor.
Sequel is Syrah made in collaboration with John Duval of Penfolds Grange fame. Typically it contains a solid backbone of Boushey Vineyard fruit, blended with Bacchus, The Benches, and Candy Mountain.
Please limit order requests to 4 bottles of Saggi and 3 bottles of Sequel, and we’ll do our best to fulfill all requests. The wines should arrive in early August, at which point they will be ready for pickup or shipping during the next temperature-appropriate shipping window.