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 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:
It’s been a long time coming (slightly more than a year, to be exact), but finally the release of the three most popular Long Shadows wines is upon us! Pirouette, Pedestal, and Feather are about to arrive!
Created by Augustin Huneeus and Philippe Melka, Pirouette is the quintessential Bordeaux blend. Starring Cabernet Sauvignon, there are elements of Petit Verdot, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc to complete the equation. The smallest production of the three wines, Pirouette will continue to evolve and grow in the cellar for 15 or more years. Pedestal, the creation of legendary winemaker Michel Rolland, is a sterling example of the varietal that put Washington on the map, Merlot. Consistently the highest scoring of all Long Shadows wines, Pedestal has the gravitas to transform even the most dyed-in-wool Cabernet drinker over to the Right Bank. Finally, the single most requested wine from the Long Shadows portfolio, Feather, is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain icon Randy Dunn. An ethereal expression of Cabernet, it features intense dark fruit with silky tannins and a beautifully polished finish.
Production on these wines continues to be well below demand. Therefore, we are asking for your MAXIMUM REQUEST of each wine so that we can allocate accordingly. Please submit these requests no later than Friday, October 30. The wines themselves will arrive the first week of November 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, but at this point, the pedigree and year-after-year consistency of the project speaks for itself. Please submit all order requests no later than end-of-day on Thursday, October 29, so that we can send our overall request on Friday.
A Bordeaux blend made in conjunction with Californians Philippe Melka and Agustin Huneeus, in 2013 it is 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 12% Petit Verdot, and 5% Cabernet Franc. The Cab comes from a blend of Red Mountain fruit and the outstanding 1972 block at Sagemmor; the Merlot and Franc from Weinbau; the PV from Dionysus. It was aged for two years in 75% new French oak. No reviews yet, but this one has consistently strong press over the years (including a show-stopping 98pt review from Paul Gregutt in Wine Enthusiast for the 2008 vintage).
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 2013 is 75% Merlot (from Conner Lee, Dionysus, and The Benches), the remainder Cabernet Sauvignon from Tapteil on Red Mountain, as well as small amounts of Cabernet Franc and Malbec and Petit Verdot. It spent two years in 85% new French oak. No reviews yet, but to give you a sense of the consistent excellence, this has received 94pt reviews from Wine Advocate (Pierre Rovani, then Jay Miller, then Jeb Dunnuck) in seven of nine vintages from 2003 to 2011. Then the 2012 did even better, garnering a 95pt review from Dunnuck.
The outstanding Randy Dunn of Dunn Vineyards (Howell Mountain, Napa Valley) makes this 100% Cabernet Sauvignon for Long Shadows. It comes from The Benches at Wallula (Horse Heaven Hills), old-block Dionysus, and Weinbau on the Wahluke Slope. The 2013 was aged for two years in 90% new French oak, the same Vicard barrels Randy uses for Dunn Vineyards. This one has received fabulous reviews over the years from a broad range of critics. Paul Gregutt, Stephen Tanzer, Jeb Dunnuck (including a 95pt review for the 2012); all have heaped praise on Feather.
Please limit order requests to 24 bottles total (mix and match as you like), and we’ll do our best to fulfill all requests. The wines should arrive in early November, at which point they will be ready for pickup or shipping during the next temperature-appropriate shipping window.