Long Shadows Winery
Recent Acclaim

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2015 Sequel


Sequel 2015 - Jeb Dunnuck

"Its inky purple color is followed by a huge nose of blackberry liqueur, espresso roast, scorched earth, and dark chocolate. A full-bodied, beautiful Syrah that has remarkable freshness and purity, fine tannin, and a great, great finish. It's always a pedal-to-the-metal effort, yet the 2015 stays beautifully fresh and lively on the palate. This is certainly one of the finest vintages to date."




Sequel 2015 - James Suckling

"Aromas of blackberries, blueberries and black licorice follow through to the medium to full body. Firm and silky tannins and a checked, fine finish. Drink and enjoy."




Sequel 2015 - Wine Advocate

"The 2015 Sequel unfurls in the glass with notes of sweet cassis and black fruit that mingle with notions of rich grilled meats and tasty oak. On the palate, it's full-bodied, deep and powerful, with a sweet core of fruit and a chewy chassis of fine-grained tannins that are going to require a few years' bottle age."



2014 Sequel


Sequel 2014 - Wine Advocate

"Made by John Duval, the 2014 Sequel is a sexy beast of a Syrah (there's a splash of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend) that was brought up all in small barrels. Deep, inky colored, with a huge nose of black fruits, chocolate, smoked meats and licorice, it's a powerhouse on the palate and gives up full-bodied flavors, ripe, polished tannin and a great finish."



2013 Sequel


Sequel 2013 - Wine Advocate

"The 2013 Sequel Syrah gives up a big, rich, decadent style as well as lots of ripe black fruits, caramelized meats, licorice and wood-smoke like aromas and flavors."




Sequel 2013 - Stephen Tanzer

"Highly aromatic nose offers scents of raspberry, cinnamon, white pepper and olive tapenade. In a juicy, spicy, rather penetrating style; clean and fruit-driven, with a spicy mineral underpinning. Boasts excellent density to its purple fruit flavors and carries impressivly on the finish."



2012 Sequel


Sequel 2012 - Stephen Tanzer

"Musky, high-toned, wonderfully expressive aromas of cassis, blueberry, black cherry, licorice, olive tapenade and meat. Pliant and sweet, boasting terrific spicy intensity to the flavors of black raspberry, blueberry and black olive. Finishes with resounding length and lift, and a powerful structure for aging." - Stephen Tanzer




Sequel 2012 - Wine Advocate

"Always the most sexy, voluptuous and layered in the portfolio, the 2012 Sequel Syrah offers full-throttle notes of black fruits, barbeque smoke, licorice, ground pepper and assorted Syrah-driven meatiness on the nose. Seeing 25% whole clusters and 18 months in 65% new French oak, it's a ripe, textured Syrah that always stays lively, drinkable and thoroughly enjoyable. Drink it anytime over the coming decade." 



2011 Sequel


Sequel Syrah 2011 - Wine Advocate

"A big bruiser of a Syrah, the 2011 Sequel offers up a full-bodied, decadent and hedonistically styled profile to go with the ample black fruits, chocolage cake, smoke and licorice-ike aromas and flavors. Thrillingly textured, with solid mid-palate depth and a blockbuster finish, it is not for the faint of heart, but dishes out loads of pleasure and will drink nicely over the coming decade."


2010 Sequel


Sequel Syrah 2010 - Wine Advocate

"The best vintage of this cuvee to date, it spent 18 months in 65% new French oak. Inky purple in color, it is decidedly meaty on the nose, with layers of black fuit, smoked meat, pepper and toast all emerginig from the glass. Classy and rich on the palate, it dishes out a medium to full-bodied texture, great acidity and a blockbuster finish that keeps you coming back to the glass. Despite the overall richness level, the overall profile here is downright elegant and perfectly balanced; while already delicious, it will evolve gracefully for over a decade."




Sequel Syrah 2010 - Wine Enthusiast

"This has the excellent acidity to support the ripe, super-concentrated fruit. Dense raspberry, cherry compote, baking spices, cola and licorice all come into play, with a streak of dried tobacco adding further interest." 



2009 Sequel


Sequel Syrah 2009 - Wine Advocate

"Chocolate, mocha and brown spice elements are prominent already in the nose. There is dark berry juiciness along with hints of mint, black pepper and smoky black tea to take this wine in a proper direction."



Sequel Syrah 2009 - Stephen Tanzer's Intl. Wine Cellar

"Complex, scented nose combines crushed rock, licorice, blackberry, smoked meat, black pepper and graphite. A bright, intense fruit bomb in the mouth, with dark berry flavors accented by cocoa powder, black pepper, dark chocolate and rosemary. Very clean and primarily Syrah with terrific depth. Finishes with a serious tannic spine for aging and sublte rocky character."



Sequel Syrah 2009 - Wine Spectator

"Focused, plush and generous, with pomegranate-accented dark berry and tobacco flavors, striking a nice balance of suppleness, rich flavors and expansion on the finish."



Sequel Syrah 2009 - Wine Enthusiast

"Rich, dark, dense and smoky, this is a fruit-driven Syrah that has a spendid bouquet of ripe black fruit. Some herbal accents and a streak of bark runs through the tannins."



Sequel Syrah 2009 - Seattle Wine Awards


2008 Sequel

Wine Enthusiast

Sequel Syrah 2008 - Wine Enthusiast - Editor's Choice

"Bursting with sweet toast from the barrel aging, this offers ripe and pretty berry fruit, deep and long, with highlights of oolong tea. The alcohol is not intrusive, and the acidity keeps it buoyed and lively."




Sequel Syrah 2008 - Wine Advocate

 "Smoke, game, glack tea, incense, blueerry, and blackberry aromas compose the bouquet of this relatively forward, plush, pleasure-bent Syrah. It can be approached now and will continue to provide enjoyment through 2020."



Sequel Syrah 2008 - Stephen Tanzer's Intl. Wine Cellar

 "Ruby red. Lively aromas of black raspberry, blackberry, white pepper, minerals and a whiff of game."


2007 Sequel


Sequel Syrah 2007 - Wine Enthusiast - Cellar Selection

"Pungent and spicy, dark and brooding, this wine brings with it deep, sappy berry fruit and overtones of meat and garrigue, all with muscle and verve. Tannins are firm and hard, showing some ripe stem and earth flavors, and plenty of barrel toast. Muscular and warm, this Syrah walks the line pefectly between the Rhone and Barassa."



Sequel Syrah 2007 - Wine Spectator

"Ripe and round, delivering a lively mouthful of blueberry, plum, floral, and white pepper flavors that cascade around one another through the long, vivid finish."



Sequel Syrah 2007 - Stephen Tanzer's Intl. Wine Cellar

 "Bright ruby-red. Knockout nose combines raspberry, smoked meat, pepper and an ineffable floral quality. Then fat, concentrated and surprisingly dry and classic, with palate-staining flavors of black raspberry, blackberry and pepper. Offers superb breadth with a light touch."



Sequel Syrah 2007 - Wine Advocate

 "A glass-coating opaque purple color, it emits an expressive bouquet of smoked meat, bacon, lavender, sage, blueberry, and plum. On the palate it is plush and layered suggesting readiness for near-term drinking. However, there is ample underlying structure for those wanting to wait for a more aged character."


2006 Sequel


Sequel Syrah 2006 - Wine Advocate

 "Aromas of cedar, smoke, game, bacon and violets are alluring while leading to a round, layered, smooth-textured, full-bodied wine with serveral years of aging potential."



Sequel Syrah 2006 - Stephen Tanzer's Intl. Wine Cellar

 "Bright, full ruby. Sexy, almost liqueur-like aromas of raspberry, graphite, gunflint and rose petal. At once suave and penetrating, with terrific acidity giving shape to the raspberry, blackberry and spice flavors."



Sequel Syrah 2006 - Wine Spectator

 "Bright and generous, delivering a lively mouthful of blackberry and plum fruit, shaded with hints of pepper and spice, lingering nicely on the beautifully focused finish. This has depth without excess weight, along with the goods to develop long term in the cellar."


2005 Sequel


Sequel Syrah 2005 - Wine Advocate

"Aromas of cedar, smoke, game, bacon, and violets are alluring while leading to a round, layered, smooth-textured, full-bodied wine with several years of aging potential. This hedonistic effort will be at its best from 2012 to 2020."



Sequel Syrah 2005 - Wine Spectator

 "Firm in texture, with a crisp feel to the tannins under the ripe, narrowly focused blackberry, plum and black olive flavors. Ther finish keeps singing as the pretty flavors persist."



Sequel Syrah 2005 - Wine Enthusiast

 "Australian winemaker John Duval is the winemaker for Long Shadows' signature Syrah. His experience shows in the Oz-like color (almost black), the spicy berry, plum, cherry and currant fruit, and the silky, polished tannins."


2004 Sequel


Sequel Syrah 2004 - Wine Advocate

"Purple / black in color, this superb Syrah offers grilled meat, bacon fat, game and wild blueberry aromas and flavors. On the palate the wine is spicey, layered, and plush with soft tannins and enough acidity to hold things together."



Sequel Syrah 2004 - Connoisseurs' Guide

 "Polish and precision are the hallmarks of this extremely engaging effort, and, in both nose and mouth, its slightly juicy, youthfully bright, blackberryish fruit sets the pace and is matched step for step by hints of rich eearth and spice. Full on the palate and solid in construction, it is long and complete from front to back and sports a spice of supportive tannins."



Sequel Syrah 2004 - Stephen Tanzer's Intl. Wine Cellar

"Scented, complex aromas and flavors of dried cranberry, plum, game, chocolate, wild spices and herbs and sexy coconutty oak. A very sophisticated Syrah; some of Washingtons' home-grown winemakers might learn something from this baby."



Sequel Syrah 2004 - Wine Spectator

"Smooth and velvety, this is a graceful, beautifully balanced Syrah that shows off its blueberry and plum fruit against shades of white pepper and cedar. The finish keeps welling up with haunting flavors."


2003 Sequel


Sequel Syrah 2003 - Wine Spectator

"Supple, refined style offers layers of cherry, blueberry and hints of pomegranates as the flavors sail on and on. Not a big, hulking Syrah but one of elegance and apealing depth."



Sequel Syrah 2003 - Wine Advocate

 "Displays a nose of cassis, black raspberry liqueur, and spicy American oak. Jam-packed with black raspberries and blackberries, this medium to full-bodied wine explodes on the palate, displaying copious fruit, gorgeous purity of flavors, and an admirably long finish."



Sequel Syrah 2003 - Connoisseurs' Guide

"Here is a wine that proves that real richness need not necessarily come at the cost of exaggerated ripeness and that young Syrah can be at once both weighty and well-polished. From its deep, keenly focused and complex blackberry, pepper and coffee aromas through to its like-minded and lingering flavors, the wine is rich and involving with fine-grained tannins providinig just the right note of structural grip."