Chester Kidder Non Vintage

2018 2018 Chester-Kidder

$65.00 / Bottle Purchase
  • Winemaker Gilles Nicault
  • Appellation Columbia Valley
  • Varietal Cabernet/Syrah Blend

Allen Shoup named this wine in honor of his mother, Elizabeth Chester, and his grandmother, Maggie Kidder. He selected Long Shadows' director of winemaking, Gilles Nicault, to craft this New World blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and other classic Bordeaux varieties.

Tasting Notes:


A beautifully dark and concentrated wine with gorgeous aromatics. The mouthfeel is soft and lush on entry with sweet spice that becomes rich on the wine’s mid-palate. Fresh fig and ripe plum flavors are interwoven with notes of graphite and an alluring earthiness. A structured, solid wine with a silky, textured mouthfeel and a flavorful, vibrant finish.

94+ Points

It’s another brilliant wine from this team and has vibrant plum and darker, almost blue fruits as well as spicy oak, chocolate, graphite, and scorched earth aromas and flavors. Balanced and medium to full-bodied, with a terrific sense of freshness as well as building tannins.

— Jeb Dunnuck
94 Points

Aromas of black currants, smoke and toasted herbs. Full-bodied with a lot of earthy, leathery character. Slightly chewy tannins. I like the brooding complexity and intensity here. Very concentrated.

— James Suckling
94 Points

The 2018 Chester-Kidder is a stunning blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Syrah and 8% Petit Verdot. The palate is exceedingly refined and elegant with firm tannins holding in place a core of cassis, anise, dark chocolate shavings and tar tones. It finishes very long with black fruits, creosote and minerals. This beautiful wine has yet to fully hit its stride, but you can see the potential here.

— Vinous, Owen Bargreen
92 Points

Appealing aromas of freshly brewed coffee, dark cherry and barrel spice lead to full bodied flavors, where fruit and barrel intertwine. A long finish caps it off. There's a lot of fruit and loads of tannic stuffing behind it all. It's rewarding now, but more lies within. Cellar Selection.

— Wine Enthusiast
Varietal Composition 64% Cabernet Sauvignon 28% Syrah 8% Petit Verdot
Acid .55 grams / 100ml
pH 3.80
Alcohol 14.9%


Summit View Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon from the Walla Walla Valley brings classic Cabernet aromas, flavors, and a textured mouthfeel to this rich, multi-layered wine. Candy Mountain Syrah adds structure and layers of sweet spice. Dionysus Vineyard Petit Verdot completes the blend by adding balanced acidity and dark fruit character that lifts the finished wine.

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