Long Shadows Vintners Tasting
Wednesday, November 3
6:30 pm-8:30 pm Tasting
Seated, small-group tasting
$45 per person (+ tax)
Wines from the tasting will be available for purchase through Classic.
Wines to be shared:
Poet's Leap Riesling 2019 (92 points WE)
Julia's Dazzle Rose 2019 (91 points WE)
Dance Chardonnay 2017 (New! not yet rated)
Pirouette Red Blend 2017 (96 points Jeb Dunnuck)
Feather Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 (95+ points Jeb Dunnuck)
Pedestal Merlot 2017 (95 points Jeb Dunnuck)
About the winery:
During Allen’s tenure as CEO of Chateau Ste. Michelle, he elevated Columbia Valley wines on the world stage, partnering with some of Europe’s winemaking legends to create wildly successful collaborations between the old world and new. Long Shadows is a continuation of this vision.
Allen knew the ambitious project would need a director of winemaking who was highly knowledgeable and flexible enough to help the collaborating winemakers realize their vision. Allen tapped Gilles Nicault for the job. Gilles—a French native—carried with him an impressive résumé, at the time working as winemaker for Woodward Canyon, one of Washington’s premier wineries.
With Gilles’ position secured, Allen recruited a veritable who’s who of winemakers: Randy Dunn (Napa, Feather Cabernet Sauvignon), John Duval (Australia, Sequel Syrah), Philippe Melka and Agustin Huneeus, Sr. (Napa, Pirouette Red Wine), Michel Rolland (France, Pedestal Merlot), Armin Diel (Germany, Poet’s Leap Riesling), and father-and-son winemakers Ambrogio and Giovanni Folonari (Italy, Saggi Red Wine). Since the beginning Gilles has served as director of winemaking and viticulture, overseeing the production of all labels, and recently assumed the winemaking duties for Poet’s Leap and Saggi in the style of their original winemakers.
Recruiting winemakers from around the world, each to produce a single Columbia Valley wine representing a “best of type,” was only half of the plan. Allen knew each winemaker would come with their own winemaking techniques and requirements, so a world-class winery was designed and built, capable of making wine to each winemaker’s rigorous specifications. The results were almost immediate. Acclaim for the wines and for the project followed, and in 2007, just four short years from its inception, Food & Wine Magazine named Long Shadows “Winery of the Year.” Since then Long Shadows has continued to produce highly-sought-after and highly-acclaimed examples of the best Washington can produce.