Winemaker Gilles Nicault of Washington’s Long Shadows Vintners has fashioned a vibrant, affordable sipper. Perfumed with honeysuckle, Meyer lemon, apricot and guava aromas, the nose also harbors a vein of wet-stone minerality. Sun-drenched citrus, including bright orange peel, washes across the broad palate with ripe, juicy stone and tropical fruit and hints of savory herbs. This one is perfect for the beach or the pool.
2019 Dance - The aromas intrigue on the nose, with notes of clarified butter, straw, spice and pumpkin. The palate shows depth and breadth to the stone fruit flavors but also with sophistication. The balance is exquisite. For those looking for a full-bodied Chardonnay where the oak doesn't steal the show, this wine is a shining example. 93 points,Wine Enthusiast, Editors' Choice
2020 Cymbal - A lovely white, delicate yet vibrant, with an array of lemongrass, lime and stony mineral flavors that finish on a vivid note. 92 points,Wine Spectator
Best in class, 2019 Dance Chardonnay and 2020 Cymbal Sauvignon were awarded Platinum.
Long Shadows gathers some of the wine world’s biggest talents under the umbrella of a single label. In 2003, Allen Shoup began the Long Shadows project, in which iconic winemakers from around the globe focus on their signature grape varieties, as produced with Washington fruit.
Come for the wine, stay for the swanky Long Shadows tasting room which features show stopping Chihuly glass sculptures.
In the arid, sun-soaked southeast corner of Washington state the growing conditions are perfect for cultivating grapes, so it’s no surprise there are a staggering number of wineries in Walla Walla.
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Try pairing Chettinad Chicken Curry from Chili’s South Indian Cuisine, Seattle. Why it works: Spicy South Indian food? Dry-style riesling all the way! The 2019 Poet’s Leap Riesling has complex floral and tropical fruit flavors. The wine’s laser-sharp acidity and just enough residual sugar is an excellent match for flaming hot South Indian chicken curry, providing much-needed relief in between bites. The Matar Paneer (cottage cheese with peas) is a great option for vegetarians or for those who like their food mildly spiced. You can segue seamlessly into dessert territory with this vino – we highly recommend their Gulab Jamun.
Sangiovese, a quintessentially Italian grape, evokes so many more images than just Chianti, the delicious cherry-hued Tuscan wine for which it is best known. One could even say that it is symbolic of the good Italian life. Think Sangiovese, and rows of manicured cypress trees, undulating hills, and Renaissance architecture come unbidden to mind.
"I love Merlot’s beautiful texture and expression of fruit, from dark berries to earthiness and graphite and how it all integrates with new French oak that creates layers and structure.” - Gilles Nicault