We once again take a look at a wine that’s been generating some buzz from Longshadows Vintners – it’s 2005 Sequel Syrah. This wine is made by Australian winemaker, John Duval, who has an incredible legacy making award-winning wines from down-under and is now trying his hand at Longshadows in Walla Walla.
- Alcohol: 14.7%
- pH: 3.73
- TA: 0.63 grams/100ml
- Blend: 96% Syrah and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon
- Release date: October 2007
- Production: 1,489 cases
- 16 months in 95% French oak; 5% in 300L American oak barrels
- Horse Heaven Hills’ Alder Ridge and Wallula Vineyards (40%), Red Mountain and the surrounding area vineyards (24%), Yakima Valley vineyards (15%), including grapes from the well-known Boushey Vineyard and a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon from Sagemoor’s Dionysus Vineyard in Pasco
Nose: Raw game, butcher-shop smell backed up with massive dark plums. Dark chocoloate and black cherry. Good earthiness component – mud-like in its profile…. A bit of leather straps. A bit of new-car smell as well.
Taste: Obnoxious blackberry, rhubarb, leather mit, black and white pepper on the back end. Good finish which lingers for weeks and has excellent tanin structure. This is an extremely well-balanced Syrah which kicks major ass and should be saught out.
I’m well aware that at $55, this wine is at the top-end for what most folks would spend, however, you really do need to find some and try it – I’d even suggest letting it lay down for 2-5 more years as I know it’ll even get better. John Duval and crew really knocked this one out of the park and have presented what very well could be one of the best Syrah’s I’ve had in quite awhile.
Not that I give a rip about ratings, but I think Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast are way too low for this at only 91points. This is yet another reason why I have a hard time giving “points” to a wine as that system really fails the consumer in many ways. You owe it to yourself to try this wine – you’ll thank me.
There are still quite a few online merchants you can check out to source this wine.
W.E.P. Scale Rating: 100%