2016 Pedestal VS Red Wine 300dpi

2016 2016 Pedestal Vintage Select Red Wine

$100 / Bottle Purchase

Long Shadows Vintners wines are made in small lots to allow maximum blending flexibility. Occasionally, a few lots or select barrels stand out as exemplary of the vintage. When this is the case and the winemaker identifies a rare, exceptional wine worthy of showcasing, a limited release Vintage Select wine is produced.

Tasting Notes:


A very dark wine from the initial deep color to an intense flavor profile showing some black cherries and a mix of black and red currents. A youthful wine with an impressive firm yet velvety texture and a rich viscous mouthfeel. The vibrant character of this wine leads the tasting towards a well-balanced and long lasting finish with hints of dark chocolate and plums.

96+ Points

Impressively complex with a clearly defined plummy essence, the 2016 Pedestal Vintage Select Reserve bursts out of the glass with aromas of dark cherry, juicy blackberry and complex oak tones of cinnamon, cardamom and vanilla, lifted by a chocolaty nuance, wet stone and dried spices. Full-bodied, complex and layered, the broad-shouldered wine has a velvety underbelly of dark chocolate-covered cherries before lifting tannins grip the gumline and palate and linger through to the finish. It’s a long, complex and multilayered wine that delivers pleasure at every turn. Yum!

— Wine Advocate
95 Points

Very pure, subtly complex aromas of dark fruits, spices, minerals, sexy oak and licorice, lifted by a floral nuance. Juicy, lively and fine-grained on entry, then sharply delineated and vibrant in the middle palate, with cassis, blackberry, licorice and violet flavors conveying a light touch for such an intense wine. Finishes quite firm and juicy, with noble tannins totally buffered by the wine's fruit and energy. This refined beauty will need time to open and expand, but its rising, ultimately explosive finish already confirms its high quality.

— Stephen Tanzer
94 Points

An interesting barrel selection of equal parts Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon that was raised in 80% new French oak, the 2016 Pedestal Vintage Select offers lots of blackberry and ripe black cherry fruit as well as ample chocolate, roasted herbs, damp earth, and a meaty, almost iron-like character that emerges from the glass. It's slightly richer than the classic release yet still has a beautiful purity and sense of balance. Drink this full-bodied, concentrated 2016 any time over the coming 15+ years.

— Jeb Dunnuck
Varietal Composition 50% Cabernet Sauvignon 50% Merlot
Ph 3.82
Acid 0.55g/100ml
Alcohol 15.4%


Cabernet Sauvignon from the Red Mountain AVA provides richness and backbone to the mid-palate while Merlot from the Dionysus Merlot block 15 adds softness and layers of complexity with notes of dark berries.

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