By Kori ~ May 9th, 2011.
Founded by Washington wine pioneer Allen Shoup, Long Shadows Vintners is a collection of ultra-premium wineries comprised of internationally acclaimed winemakers from the major wine regions of the world. Each winemaker is a partner in a unique winery dedicated to producing a single Columbia Valley wine representing a “best of type” that reflects the winemaker’s signature style.
Allen Shoup is considered one of the pioneers of the Washington wine industry. He was the CEO of Stimson Lane wine group for years. During that time, he oversaw their portfolio of wineries, including Chateau Ste. Michelle and Columbia Crest, and forged relationships with many important players in the wine business around the world. Upon retirement, he pursued his dream of bringing some of the most highly acclaimed winemakers from different regions around the world to Washington to make world-class wines from Washington grapes comparable to the wines they make in their native wine regions. The Long Shadows winemaker-partners began crafting their signature wines in 2003.
Through the years, we’ve had the pleasure of tasting a number of Long Shadows wines. Recently, we had the opportunity to taste the 2007 Saggi in a blind samples tasting, which we found to be excellent. Saggi is a Super Tuscan-style blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah, made by Ambrogio and Giovanni Folonari, a father-son winemaking team from Italy. The Folonari family has a rich winemaking history dating back to the late 1700’s.
2007 Saggi (Columbia Valley, Washington): 43% Sangiovese, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 21% Syrah. Deep, dark purplish red. Nose is a bit tight at first and then opens up with black fruits and some oak. Black fruits, chocolate, licorice, and a hint of cinnamon come through on the palate. Medium to full-bodied with lively acidity and medium, dry tannins. Well-balanced with a long, smooth finish.
Quality: 4 stars (out of 5)
QPR: 3 bangs for your buck (out of 5)
Where to Buy: Received as sample, suggested retail $45; Available elsewhere, $39 to $50
Filed under: American Wine, Red Wine, Sangiovese, Washington State Wine, Wines Over $25