2017 Julia's Dazzle Rosé

2017 Julia's Dazzle Rosé
2017 Julia's Dazzle Rosé

This unique Rosé of Pinot Gris is named after Allen's granddaughter, Julia. 

Grapes from select Columbia Valley vineyards were left to hang until they developed a bright tint, then gently pressed and the clarified juice slowly fermented at cool temperatures to retain the wine's intensely vibrant aromatics and flavors.

Fresh and lively with bright aromas and flavors of orange blossoms, strawberries and ripe melon complemented by a racy acidity that lingers across a clean, off-dry finish.

ROSE OF THE YEAR - WA WINE AWARDS

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Vintage2017
VarietalPinot Gris
Varietal Composition100% Pinot Gris
Residual Sugar0.40 g /100 ml
Alcohol14.10%
Wine StyleRosé
Volume750 ml


 

2017 JULIA'S DAZZLE - ROSÉ OF THE YEAR

"This rosé was the best of a deeply impressive flight...the bowling-pin shape of the bottle is striking, and the wine inside is even better, offering a dry, brisk mix of melon and citrus fruit, finishing clean and refreshing."

2015 JULIA'S DAZZLE - 92 POINTS

"Long Shadows has a great reputation for Rosé and the 2017 Julia's Dazzle is a downright stunning bottling that has incredible texture and 'dazzling' acidity that is not to be missed. Sourced from The Benches Vineyard in the Columbia Valley, this wine is another spectacular effort by superstar winemaker Gilles Nicault. The nose is highly perfumed with rose petals, guava puree and red cherry candy. The palate is both lush and lithe, showing off exotic rose water, cran-cherry, and blood orange flavors. The tension is vibrant, and this is nearly impossible to resist right now."

Pinot Gris grapes were sourced from select vineyards across the Columbia Valley. 

 
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 wilves in Walla Walla with their two children.
 

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