2010 SHOUP 3 Bottle Gift Box

2010 SHOUP 3-pack

For the past six years, Allen Shoup and Gilles Nicault have been working together to create a wine that will exemplify Washington state's unique ability to grow and produce an intensly concentrated and richly perfumed classic Bordeaux blend.

The 2010 Columbia Valley growing season was a cooler than average year drawing comparisons to 1999, a highly respected vintage that produced wines with excellent color, flavor and varietal character. In 2010, a cool spring delayed flowering and reduced fruit set; temperatures remained moderate throughout the summer, but by dropping clusters and opening up the leaf canopies early in the season, the vines were well-positioned to complete ripening when the warm fall weather arrived.

Handpicked grapes were trucked to the winery in small bins where they were destemmed, crushed and fermented in one and one-half ton tanks to extract richness without compromising structure. Aged in 75% new French oak barrels for 22 months, this blend was assembled to showcase a refined, Bordeaux-style wine. Cabernet Sauvignon is the predominant grape and other Bordeaux varieties provide added complexity, flavor and balance.

Deep and dark in color, with aromas and flavors of cherry, spice, mocha and an intriguing balance of richness and restraint. Layers of ripe fruit and complex flavors evolve as the wine carries across the palate. At once bright and dark with exceptional structure, this is a sophisticated and stylish wine.


95+ POINTS - WINE ADVOCATE

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Vintage2010
VarietalRed Blend
Varietal Composition50% Cabernet Sauvignon
25% Merlot
25% Petit Verdot
AppellationColumbia Valley
Acid0.56 grams / 100ml
PH3.7
Alcohol14.70%
Wine StyleRed Wine
Volume2.25 liter

 


2010 SHOUP - 95+ POINTS

"An incredible blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot made by Gilles Nicault, the 2010 SHOUP Red Wine is a Bordeaux look-alike with its crème de cassis, lead pencil shavings, crushed rocklike minerality and floral overtones. Full-bodied, rich and concentrated, yet also silky, elegant and fresh, it's a fabulous 2010 that will evolve for two decade or more. Count me inpressed. This is easily the best vintage of this wine to date."

 


Cabernet Sauvignon grown in shallow, well-draining soils at StoneTree Vineyard on the Wahluke Slope gives this blend its structure and silky, refined tannins. Rich, ripe Merlot from Red Mountain brings bright fruit character. Petit Verdot, grown at Dionysus Vineyard, adds layers of cherry, spice and an appealing liveliness.

 
Gilles Nicault
has served as director of winemaking and viticulture since Long Shadows inception in 2003. As resident winemaker overseeing daily operations at Long Shadows' state-of-the-art winery in Walla Walla, Gilles works with a group of celebrated vintners from around the globe. It is his job to ensure that each winemaker's vision is realized in the vineyard and the cellar.

While many winemakers would find this proposition a daunting task, French-born Nicault describes the position as his "dream job." Those who know Gilles best say it is his insatiable curiosity and desire to learn something new every day as well as his winemaking skills that make him uniquely qualified for the position. In addition to executing daily operations at the winery, Gilles is the winemaker for Long Shadows' acclaimed Chester-Kidder, a Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah blend that carries his signature.

Gilles grew up in southern France and graduated from the University of Avignon with a degree in Viticulture and Enology. He honed his craft in the fabled hillside vineyards and wineries of Cotes Du Rhone, Provence and Champagne. On 1994, already a vintner of rising fame in his homeland, Gilles traveled to Washington State to expand his winemaking skills.

Impressed by Washtington State's vineyards and the opportunity to be part of a growing wine community, he stayed in the Columbia Valley, working for Staton Hills and Hogue Cellars before joining Woodward Canyon in 1996, where he stayed until moving to Long Shadows in June 2003. Sharing Woodward Canyon's passion for world-class wine, Gilles soon found Woodward Canyon's founder Rick Small was his ideal mentor and biggest champion. In 1999, Woodward Canyon named Gilles head of enology and production.

Gilles is married to winemaker Marie-Eve Gilla of Forgeron Cellars, also an acclaimed winemaker. The couple llves in Walla Walla with their two children.
 

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