2004 Chester-Kidder Red Wine

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For those who’ve been reading Winefoot you know that we interviewed Washington wine-guru, Allen Shoup a couple of months ago and released it in a podcast format. This visionary of wine “retired” from the corporate side of large-scale wineries only to open up Long Shadows Vintners with the goal of hiring best-of-class winemakers to produce a single bottle and make it the best. While a lofty goal for sure, the crew at Long Shadows have been garnering a great deal of press with their efforts.

Gilles Nicault cut his winemaking skills in places like Cote Du Rhone Provence and Champagne – before coming on board with Long Shadows he was one of the winemakers for Woodward Canyon out of Walla Walla.

Named after Allen Shoup’s grandfather (Charles Chester) and grandmother (Maggie Kidder), this Red wine is a blend of Cab Sauv, Syrah, Cab Franc and Petit Verdot – all the grapes are sourced from Columbia Valley.

Technical Notes:

  • Alcohol: 14.7% pH: 3.82 TA: 0.58 grams/100ml
  • Blend: 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Syrah, 10% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot
  • Release date: July 2007 Production: 1,797 cases
  • AVA’s: Horse Heaven Hills Syrah, Red Mountain Cab and Wahluke Slope Cab Franc and Stone Tree Petit Verdot
  • Aging Time: 28 Months
  • Barrels: 90% “Tight grain” French Oak, 10% “Eastern European Oak”
  • Price: $50

Nose: Blueberries, cherries, old sock, cocoa, vanilla, graham cracker shortcake crust, celery, bell pepper and black pepper.

Taste: Smooth cherry and blackberries on the front palate which are well-rouneded with hints of vanilla. The mouth-feel is pretty good,but not as “silky” as I’d hope for out of a bottle of this price range. The tannis are well structured, however, get lost in the heat on the back-end of the palate. This is a very european-style wine which does a good job of representing WA state, however, there are other wines for less money which do the same thing. The finish is rather hot for a wine of this pricing.

Overall Summary:
I can tell the direction Gilles was heading with this wine and can appreciate his efforts – as a fan of both new and old world wine, this wine does do an adequate job of blending those two elements. However, in light of that, I’ve had other wines which cost quite a bit less do the same thing. This wine would perhaps be one I’d like to own several of to lay down for a few years and see how they progress but for right now, I’ll have to pass. Go ahead, email me (dp at winefoot.com) – flame away – I can take it. <grin>

If you’re at all curious about what a wine can taste like when blending old/new world and have a few friends to go in together with, I’d encourage you to give this a whirl and ultimately embrace your own palate.

Foods It’d go with:
Marinated Game
Red-sauced Pastas

W.E.P. Scale Rating: 70%