Long Shadows Sequel 2017
|United States, Washington, Columbia Valley
An instant success, the 2017 Syrah Sequel bounces out of the glass with precision, power and finesse with juicy blackberry reduction and black pepper spices woven into black cherry essence and plum preserves, with hints of dried herbs, baked earth and river rock. Full-bodied, the mouth-coating sensation from this generous fruit tones shows a beautifully balanced Syrah with succulent tones of black and red fruit, black pepper and purple flowers. The wine ends with lifting tannins on the long, immaculate, slightly chewy finish. This is food-friendly and overdelivering at this price. Bravo!
Bright ruby-red. Musky perfume of dark raspberry, black olive, bitter chocolate and brown spices, plus a subtle hint of animal fur. Silky and seamless on entry, then as much red fruits as black in the sweet middle palate, with floral and spice notes adding clarity and lift. A bit less meaty than the 2016 version but that's no complaint as this wine shows a good deal of personality as well as more delicacy and restraint. Today this wine displays the fruity side of 2017. This wine will give pleasure early but also last well.
Put together by John Duval, the 2017 Sequel (100% Syrah fermented with 30% stems) is a ripe, sexy wine that's in the same ballpark as past vintages. Rocking notes of blackcurrants, blackberries, peppered game, licorice, and subtle chocolate all flow to a powerful, full-bodied Syrah that has good purity of fruit, ripe, chewy tannins, a bid mid-palate, and a great finish. It's a touch unevolved and in need of a year or three of bottle age, but it's a beautiful wine that will evolve for a solid 8-10 years or more.
Made in partnership with famed Australian winemaker John Duval, this wine offers aromas of coffee, dark chocolate, plum and spice, with earthy Boushey Vineyard notes providing accents. Full-bodied, chocolate and dark-plum flavors follow, with iron and earth nuances.