2012 SHOUP 6 Bottle Gift Box

2012 SHOUP 6 Bottle Gift Box
2012 SHOUP 6 Bottle Gift Box

For the past eight 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 2012 vintage produced wines with exceptional color and rich, complex flavors. The growing season started warm; April conditions were near perfect, then temperatures cooled considerably in May and June before warming for the summer and remained remarkably consistent throughout harvest.  Small berries matured beautifully, yielding intense flavors and ripe, integrated tannins.

Hand-picked grapes, harvested at ideal physiological maturity, were brought to the winery in small bins.  The grapes were de-stemmed and lightly crushed, keeping about 80% whole berries in 1.7-ton fermenters.  We obtained a textured, rich wine with a structure able to sustain extended barrel aging.  After pressing, the wine was moved into French oak barrels, 80% new for 22 months, in order to refine the tannins and enhance the nuanced flavors of graphite and spice.

With aromas of coffee, black cherry and sweet spice, the 2012 SHOUP is a dense, generous wine with an elegant structure and layers of flavors.  Toasted rosemary and graphite followed by an enticing band of dark chocolate complements blackberry and other dark fruit flavors that gain intensity across the palate.  A complex wine with vibrant fruit and spice character makes for a lively finish.

98 POINTS - WINE ADVOCATE

Download Wine Notes
Vintage2012
VarietalRed Blend
Varietal Composition50% Cabernet Sauvignon
25% Merlot
25% Petit Verdot
AppellationColumbia Valley
Acid0.56 grams / 100ml
PH3.86
Alcohol14.90%
Wine StyleBordeaux Blend
Volume4.5 liter

 



2012 SHOUP - 98 POINTS

"The sensational 2012 SHOUP sports an inky purple color to go with loads of cassis, graphite, toasted spice and licorice. Rich, full-bodied and decadent, yet amazingly light on its feet, with no hard edges and building tannin, this is a tour de force in Washington state Bordeaux blends that needs 3-4 years of cellaring and will keep for two decades."

 


With the goal of creating a Washington state expression of a refined Bordeaux blend, the 2012 SHOUP relies on fruit from a selection of Columbia Valley vineyards. The Cabernet Sauvignon is entirely from the Red Mountain AVA which gives this wine its backbone.  Dionysus Vineyard Petit Verdot adds vibrancy and elevates the wine while the Weinbau Vineyard’s Merlot contributes to the wine’s softness and complexity.

 
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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