2019 Cymbal Sauvignon Blanc

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2019 Cymbal Sauvignon Blanc
2019 Cymbal Sauvignon Blanc

After a slow start to spring, the 2019 growing season quickly became very warm with hot weather persisting throughout the summer before moderating significantly in early September. Harvest conditions were ideal as the Columbia Valley settled into a pattern of warm days and cool nights that slowed ripening enough to allow the grapes to mature fully while still retaining their acidity. 

Hand-picked grapes were gently whole-cluster pressed to ensure bright aromatics. After settling 2-3 days, the clean juice was moved to one of four fermentation vessels where it remained for six months. A combination of cement eggs and stainless steel tanks were used to preserve the wine’s liveliness and minerality. New and neutral barrels were selected to enhance the mouthfeel and complexity in the finished wine.

An enticing wine with a beautiful pale, straw-colored hue and appealing aromas of ripe kiwi and exotic passion fruit. Bright and lively on the palate, Cymbal bursts with mouth-filling richness and flavors of jasmine, white nectarine, guava and notes of minerality. The wine’s viscosity and acidity combine to amplify the mouthfeel and provide for a long, satisfying finish.

NOT YET REVIEWED

Vintage2019
VarietalSauvignon Blanc
Varietal Composition100% Sauvignon Blanc
AppellationColumbia Valley
Acid0.48 grams / 100ml
PH3.33
Alcohol14.20%
Volume750 ml

THIS WINE HAS NOT YET BEEN REVIEWED.

Sauvignon Blanc from Horse Heaven Hills, grown on a gently sloping hillside in close proximity to the Columbia River, benefits from the cooling effect of the river to give this wine its fresh acidity. Good air circulation in and around the canopy, along with the vineyard’s warm diurnal temperatures and cool nights, allowed the grapes to ripen fully while retaining varietal character and fresh, balanced acidity.

 
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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