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Long Shadows Poet's Leap Riesling 2011

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Long Shadows Feather Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

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Review:

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Product Description

Long Shadows Poet's Leap Riesling  2011

 

Produced by Armin Diel, proprietor of the renowned Schlossgut Diel in Germany.

Vintage: The 2011 harvest produced wonderfully refreshing wine with racy acidity. A cool spring brought a late start to the vintage and temperatures remained moderate throughout the summer. September was glorious; yielding picture-perfect warm daytime temperatures and cool nights that ripened the grapes beautifully and produced fruit brimming with juicy white peach flavors and an attractive minerality.
Winemaking:  Hand-harvested grapes were gently sorted and whole cluster pressed to avoid imparting bitterness while enhancing clean, crisp character in the finished wine. Fermented at a cool 60°F in stainless steel tanks to preserve fresh fruit aromas and flavors, only the best lots of the vintage were selected for the final blend.
Vineyards:  The 2011 Poet’s Leap Riesling brings together a variety of unique Columbia Valley growing regions, each contributing distinct vineyard characteristics to create a multi-layered wine. Long Shadows’ own Sonnet Vineyard at The Benches (40%) forms the basis for the blend. Planted in 2004 with German clones in close consultation with managing partner Armin Diel, Sonnet gives the wine its minerality and a flinty character. Yakima Valley’s Phil Church Vineyard (26%) adds a hint of citrus and liveliness, and finally, equal parts Weinbau Vineyard and old-vine Dionysus Vineyard Riesling contribute delightful ripe peach aromas and flavors with luscious complexity.
Tasting notes:  Expressive aromatics of white peach, sweet jasmine flowers and a hint of flint introduce this vibrant, fresh wine. With its bright acidity, the 2011 Poet’s Leap Riesling dances on the palate and continues across a long, lively finish, enhanced by a persistent undercurrent of minerality.

"Sinewy and elegant, with a tangy citrus scent and a hint of peppercorn, this feels finely knit and pure. The flavors lengthen after a day open and bring to bear a juicy, mouthwatering briskness, with a minerality that suggests a long, thrilling life in the cellar."
- Wine & Spirits , 93 pts

"This shows lively acidity, with ripe but tart fruit and an alcohol level just slightly above 12%. The grapes used were sourced from the Benches (German clones) and old vine plantings at Dionysus. It's a lush Poet's Leap, lightly tasting of honey, and loaded with pretty flavors of Meyer lemon, ripe orange, and candied pineapple."
- Wine Enthusiast,  92 pts + Editor's Choice

"Incisive in it's keen Riesling focus and bristling with bright, fruity acids. It has all the pieces in place to develop impressively with age."
 - Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, 91 pts

Winery: Long Shadows Vintners

Long Shadows Vintners

Founded by Washington wine pioneer Allen Shoup, Long Shadows Vintners is a collection of ultra-premium wineries comprised of internationally acclaimed winemakers from the major wine regions of the world. Each winemaker is a partner in a unique winery dedicated to producing a single Columbia Valley wine representing a 'best of type' that reflects the winemaker's signature style and the viticultural excellence of Washington State's Columbia Valley.
 They construct wines in their own style, and with their own complexity, while striving to improve upon their singular benchmarks. Beginning with the 2003 crush, they are crafting signature wines that carry great promise for years to come.
They have devoted hundreds of hours sampling the many wines originating from the most important vineyards, and chose those particular vineyards that fit the desired style and type of wines each hopes to create. Grapes from every sub-appellation of the Columbia Valley were selected to take the fullest advantage of the region’s individual microclimates and terroirs.

"Long Shadows is the brainchild of Alan Shoup, longtime CEO of Chateau Ste-Michelle. It is a consortium of seven different labels, each with its own star winemaker who has a 25% share in the brand. The concept is that each “is dedicated to producing a single Columbia Valley wine representing a ‘best of type’ that reflects the winemaker’s signature style.” For the second straight year, every wine in this portfolio has achieved an outstanding rating. For this, the credit goes to Alan Shoup who put it all together."
- Wine Advocate (Issue 177, July 2008),

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