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2016 Long Shadows Saggi

Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine cellar; Purchased direct from winery; Consignor is original owner

Ends Sunday, 7pm Pacific

RATINGS

94James Suckling

Aromas of graphite and dark berries... The palate has a deeply fleshy dark-berry core with a wealth of ripe and sweetly succulent dark berries. Impressive, seamless style here.

92The Wine Advocate

...a red-fruited core on the nose of soft sour cherry and delicate florals with a dusty focus. Medium to full-bodied on the palate, the wine is structured with bright acidity that lifts the mid-palate with subtle savory herbs and spices. The lingering finish is well-balanced and has a good grip of dusty tannins...

92Jeb Dunnuck

...notes of ripe cherries, spice box, and dried flowers, it hits the palate with medium-bodied richness, present yet ripe, polished tannins, terrific balance, and a clean, graceful finish.

91Wine Enthusiast

The aromas intrigue, with notes of plum, char, vanilla and anise. The full-bodied palate mixes fruit and barrel, showing a sense of poise.

90Stephen Tanzer

Aromas of cherry, raspberry, earth, menthol and medicinal herbs, plus a whiff of leather. Plush, round and classically dry on the palate, conveying a slight warmth to the flavors of redcurrant, wild strawberry, tobacco leaf and wild herbs.

REGION

United States, Washington, Columbia Valley

Columbia Valley AVA is larger than some states. At 18,000 square miles, or 11 million acres, the appellation covers almost half of Washington State and a small part of Oregon on the south side of the Columbia River. Established in 1984, Columbia Valley contains numerous sub appellations within its boundaries, including Yakima Valley AVA and Walla Walla AVA, both large and important wine districts. Columbia Valley AVA, generally called the Columbia Basin by Pacific Northwesterners, is in the Columbia River Plateau, and the AVA also includes a section of northeastern Oregon. There are dozens of microclimates within this appellation of about 7,000 vineyard acres. Many kinds of grapes are grown in the Columbia Valley, though the principal grapes planted are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Riesling, Syrah, Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc. Eastern Washington experiences very hot summers and cold winters, and the northern latitude means that Washington vineyards receive several more hours of sun in the summer than California vineyards. Grapes in Washington therefore have time to develop significant tannins and overall ripeness.