This blend is done along super Tuscan lines, about one-third Sangiovese, one-third Cabernet Sauvignon, and the other third Syrah and some not-so-Tuscan Barbera. Smooth, chocolaty and dark, the winemaking is impeccable. But as with some of the other Long Shadows reds, this wine has not completely forged its own identity. The goal is “Tuscan characters showcasing Columbia Valley terroir.” The jury is still out on how that will ultimately be accomplished.
Paul Gregutt is a Contributing Editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine, a founding member of the magazine’s Tasting Panel, and reviews the wines of Oregon and Canada. The author of the critically-acclaimed Washington Wines & Wineries—The Essential Guide, he consulted on the Pacific Northwest entries in current versions of The World Atlas of Wine and The Oxford Companion to Wine.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.