Long Shadows Feather Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 Red Wine

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Long Shadows Feather Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Columbia Valley, WA

95 pts. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:

"Currently still tight, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Feather has classic Cabernet aromas of blackberry, dark cherry, currant and cassis, plus notes of graphite, pencil shavings and seductive oak tones. Full-bodied, the wine is both juicy and rigid and will need time to settle. The palate is focused and precise, showing an aesthetic frame of fruits before moving toward a compact mid-palate with spices and gripping tannins, ending with a long and thoughtful finish. I recommend cellaring this for a few years. The wine will age for a couple of decades, so be patient. Randy Dunn, ladies and gentlemen! Wow!"

95+ pts. Jeb Dunnuck:

"I always love this wine, and the 2017 Feather is no exception. Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and brought up in 88% new French oak, it has loads of black fruits, dark chocolate, graphite, and charcoal aromatics as well as a full-bodied, concentrated, backward style on the palate. It's terrific, but don't open bottles for at least another 3-4 years."

FROM THE WINERY

Acclaimed Napa Valley vintner Randy Dunn has a reputation for producing world-class Cabernet Sauvignon. He brings more than four decades of winemaking experience to the Columbia Valley to produce Feather, his only wine made outside of California.

Tasting Notes:

Impressive depth and purity are displayed on a core of mocha-scented blackberry and ripe plum flavors woven with hints of rosemary and thyme. The wine’s refined tannins and an appealing earthiness provide rich texture and a lengthy finish.

Vintage:

A wet, cool spring delayed bud break in 2017, but temperatures warmed nicely later in the season for bloom. Despite warming again in July to drive total heat accumulation a bit above average for the season. Harvest began towards the end of August, then temperatures cooled considerably in mid-September to extend hang time and allow the grapes to reach full physiological maturity without spiking sugars. The resulting wines are rich and expressive, displaying excellent acidity and structure that is reflective of the quality of the vintage.

Winemaking:

Handpicked grapes were sorted, lightly crushed and fermented in small stainless steel tanks. Once fermentation was underway, the cap was pumped over aggressively to extract color and structure. As fermentation neared completion, pump overs were handled more gently to further extract color and delicate flavors without imparting harsh tannins. When ready for barrel, the wine aged 22 months in all French oak barrels, 90% new.

Vineyards:

Washington is a diverse growing region that offers a wide variety of fruit expression as showcased in this multi-layered wine. Walla Walla’s Summit View Vineyard gives the wine its beautiful color and intense mid-palate. Dionysus Vineyard Cabernet, northwest of Pasco, offers wonderful aromatics. Weinbau Vineyard, on the Wahluke Slope, is a warm site that yields dark fruit characteristics with plenty of structure and backbone. Finally, grapes from three top Horse Heaven Hills vineyards accentuate the varietal character and contribute to the wine’s silky texture.

Alcohol: 14.9%
pH: 3.93
TA: 0.51 grams /100ml
Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Production: 3,212 cases

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