If you haven’t explored Washington wines, you need to visit Walla Walla. They are making incredible wines that compete with any region in the world without exploiting your wallet. Their prices will rise in time as the demand grows but, for now, they are outstanding wines at reasonable prices.
One of their best producers is Long Shadows. Gilles Nicault is their talented Wine Director who is a French transplant. He works with several consultants who all work on one wine each. World famous; Michel Rolland, Randy Dunn and JohnDuvall who made Penfold’s for 29 years.
I paired their Riesling with my grilled pork chop; which is largely based on the recipe from Mustards Restaurant in Napa Valley. 14 ingredients go into the two day marinade. It is perhaps one of the best food & wine parings I’ve had.
Photos of, the outside fire at Long Shadows, their beautiful tasting room with lots of hand blown glass the grilled pork chop, rosemary potatoes and grilled zucchini from our garden. — 2 days ago
DRY! Coiled and tense right now - wait 3 more years! Top Riesling top producer top vintage and Hans Jörg Rebholz’s best vineyard. The primary fruit when young is reduced. Smokey nose touch petrol. In the glass salty tangy peach stone mango verbena and faint hint of parsley. World class. — 9 days ago
Nose has this crazy level of richness. Dense honeyed. Not at all what I expected. Almost like an old wine from the northern Rhône. Palate exhibits typical mosel green apple but it is enrobed in amazing richness. Mineral. Acids. Not over the top as the acids go toe to toe. Wow. Finish is heaven. For the top god. Zeus. Odin. Jupiter. Not the god of gutters or anything. Wow. So long. Was prepared to like this. Not to bow down before it. If wine collectors tried This wine it would cost $100 on release. Needs 45 minutes to show. Bought from Fass Selections. — 3 days ago
One to write home about 💘
Incredible color - a darker shade of gold. 🍯 Not as sweet as I expected but beautiful nonetheless. Might be peaking now, though...
I’m always so thrilled to drink a wine bottled before I was born, especially a #Riesling (my heart!). 🙉 — 4 days ago
Honeyed nose. Decadent. Apple butter, spices, mulling spices, mineral, slate, very airy, juicy and so complex with vibrant aprciot and tangerine fruit. White cherries on the nose after a while. Palate is fresh and dense with clarity and deep structure. Lots of finesse. Great stuff. Very impressive. — 10 days ago
The nose is understated but pretty with delicate aromas of flint, white jasmine, crisp lemon, and subtle tangerine. Flavors mirror with tangerine, pink grapefruit, and lemon drop. Electric acidity that does a very good job hiding any residual sugar (and at 10.5% abv). A cool fermentation makes for a direct and mineral driven racy wine from one of the up and comers in the Mosel. — 6 days ago
Brilliant as always. These are notes from day 2. Nose of citrus rind, flowers, lavender, blood orange, apricot, so airy, perfumed and complex. Palate is rich and complex but wonderfully light and mineral. Startlingly pure. Full of fruit and just so complex and dense with great texture. So long. Out of sight. — 2 days ago
Dry. Peach nose. Botyris Stone fruit orange zest apricot plenty of acid fully mature. Sadly last bottle from my cellar. Best wine of the line up which included Rebholz and Fröhlich GG‘s. This is a classic example for an aged Riesling it rarely gets better than this. — 9 days ago