Long Shadows Pedestal Merlot
Varietal: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot
Origin: Columbia Valley, Washington
Tasting Notes: Red and dark berries woven around a hint of well-integrated oak spice and refined tannins. Soft and rich on the mid-palate extending through a lengthy finish that leaves an elegant impression
Suggested pairings: Spare Ribs or Grilled Vegetables or Turkey
Hand-harvested grapes were double-sorted before fermentation to remove any stems or jacks that might impart harsh tannins, then the majority of the lots were cold soaked to build richness and flavor before undergoing whole-berry fermentation in 1,500 gallon upright French wood tanks. This, combined with gentle pump-overs throughout fermentation, enhanced the wine’s color and helped to provide richness on the palate. The finished wine was aged 22 months in Sylvain and Millet French oak barrels (86% new), top quality coopers next to Michel Rolland’s hometown of Saint-Émilion.
During Allen’s tenure as CEO of Chateau Ste. Michelle, he elevated Columbia Valley wines on the world stage, partnering with some of Europe’s winemaking legends to create wildly successful collaborations between the old world and new. Long Shadows is a continuation of this vision.
Recruiting winemakers from around the world, each to produce a single Columbia Valley wine representing a “best of type,” was only half of the plan. Allen knew each winemaker would come with their own winemaking techniques and requirements, so a world-class winery was designed and built, capable of making wine to each winemaker’s rigorous specifications. The results were almost immediate. Acclaim for the wines and for the project followed, and in 2007, just four short years from its inception, Food & Wine Magazine named Long Shadows “Winery of the Year.” Since then Long Shadows has continued to produce highly-sought-after and highly-acclaimed examples of the best Washington can produce.