Sangiovese, a quintessentially Italian grape, evokes so many more images than just Chianti, the delicious cherry-hued Tuscan wine for which it is best known. One could even say that it is symbolic of the good Italian life. Think Sangiovese, and rows of manicured cypress trees, undulating hills, and Renaissance architecture come unbidden to mind.
"I love Merlot’s beautiful texture and expression of fruit, from dark berries to earthiness and graphite and how it all integrates with new French oak that creates layers and structure.” - Gilles Nicault
Owen Bargreen has been frequenting the Long Shadows tasting room in Woodinville for more than a decade. Read more on his thoughts on how the winery has evolved over the years and reviews on some of their latest releases.
Long Shadows boasts a collection of wines from participating vintners across the globe. The wines pay tribute to the Columbia Valley, so much so that they earned Long Shadows fourth place in the 2020 USA Today 10 Best Readers' Choice Awards for Best Tasting Room.
Named to Wine Enthusiasts's Best of Year 2020 Buying Guide, the 2019 Cymbal Sauvignon Blanc was chosen as a Cellar Selection, "It's an enchanting look at the variety's fuller bodied side and will have a long live ahead of it."
Our 2016 Pedestal Merlot was awarded "Best in Class" and Double Gold in the 2020 San Francisco International Wine Competition. Double Gold is awarded to the very few entries that receive a Gold medal rating by all members of the judging panel; these are among the finest wines in the world.
Over the past year I have had the chance to taste some of the great Merlots from Washington. I adore the 2016 Long Shadows Pedestal Merlot (OB, 96) which is dense, layered and has massive cellaring potential.
The heart of Washington wine country has no shortage of producers. Here, in no particular order, are the ones to seek out.
I recently had the chance to review the new Long Shadows releases and was once again blown away with their consistency, showing a beginning, middle and an end. I have long admired these wines and the brilliant vision of Allen Shoup, former CEO of Chateau Ste. Michelle.
We are thrilled and humbled to be chosen as one of the nation's five best tasting rooms for the second year in a row as part of USA Today's 10Best Reader's Choice awards.