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    Chester-Kidder 2006
    Other Red Blends - Columbia Valley, Washington

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    • ST93
    • RP93
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    Wine.com Quick Facts

    Professional Ratings: 93 The Wine Advocate, 93 International Wine Cellar, 92 Wine Enthusiast

    Region: Columbia Valley, Washington

    Varietal: Other Red Blends

    Other Info: Collectible Wines

    Style: Big & Bold

    Alcohol By Volume: 14.9%

    • 10%
    • 16%

    Item no. 109075

    Winemaker's Notes:

    Aromas of dried figs and cocoa powder, along with hints of tamarind and toasty oak are followed by intense violet and blueberry jam flavors beautifully integrated around a spicy core.

    Allen Shoup named this wine in honor of his grandfather, Charles Chester, and his grandmother, Maggie Kidder. He has a purpose in mind; a vision really, and that is to make a wine that says, "this is how good Washington wine can be." Allen selected Gilles Nicault, former winemaker for Woodward Canyon, to bring the vision to fruition.

    Critical Acclaim:

    The 2006 Chester-Kidder Red Wine is produced by Gilles Nicault, resident winemaker who also oversees the daily upbringing of all the Long Shadows wines. The latest Chester-Kidder is composed of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Syrah, 10% Petit Verdot, and 9% Cabernet Franc sourced from multiple AVAs. Medium purple-colored, it sports an inviting perfume of sandalwood, smoke, spice box, lavender, blueberry, and blackberry. The Syrah component gives it a forward personality but there is enough structure for several years of further development. Layered, savory, and concentrated, this lengthy effort will offer a drinking window extending from 2013 to 2027.

    93 Points
    The Wine Advocate

    Excellent bright ruby-red. Deep aromas of blackcurrant, licorice, spices and leather. Suave on entry, then primary, deep and sweet, with a penetrating quality to the rich dark berry, spice and mint flavors. This one has a tightly coiled spring and underlying minerality that suggest it will be long-lived. Finishes clenched in a positive way, with a rising finish and broad, integrated tannins. This is the project of Gilles Nicault, who also serves as the resident winemaker for the Long Shadows project. Following a very long maceration, the wine was racked only a total of four times before being bottled after 30 months in barrel. Incidentally, Nicault describes 2006 as "a beautiful vintage," and points out that these wines were made in a new facility that permitted a double sorting of the fruit prior to vinification.

    93 Points
    International Wine Cellar

    The blend in 2006 is 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Syrah, 10% Petit Verdot and 9% Cabernet Franc. It spent 30 months in 90% new oak. Released a year ago, it has a feminine grace and softness in the aromas, a lovely mix of flowers and spice. The Syrah brightens up the fruit, accenting berry flavors with a hint of pepper, while the Petit Verdot adds clover and violet aromas and density to the tannins.

    92 Points
    Wine Enthusiast
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    WineLover57 (8/15/2012)
    Beautiful wine, especially if you like your wine smoky and spicy!

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