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Long Shadows Sequel Syrah
Long Shadows Vintners
United States - Washington - Columbia Valley

After 16 years as winemaker for Australia's iconic Penfolds Grange, John Duval came to the Columbia Valley in 2003 as the "sequel" to his life's work with Syrah.

The Sequel Syrah has a dark, garnet color with enticing aromas of black fruits, sweet spice, fresh espresso and roasted meats. Expressive on the palate, this is a complex and layered wine with vibrant flavors of ripe figs, wild blackberries and a hint of olive tapenade that linger on the finish.

Specifications
Appellation
Columbia Valley
Wine Type
Red
Varietal(s)
93% Syrah, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon (2016)
Vinification
Syrah’s delicate skin requires gentle handling to avoid harsh tannins so a variety of gentle fermentation techniques are used to give Sequel a wide spectrum of flavors without imparting bitterness. One-third of the grapes were whole-cluster fermented to enhance richness and dimension on the palate. Several lots underwent an Australian technique known as “rack and return” that requires draining the tank twice daily and gently putting the juice back over the top of the skins to extract color, soft tannins and aromatics. A small portion of the grapes underwent submerged cap fermentation for structure and mouthfeel. The finished wine was aged 18 months in French oak barrels, 65% new.

Reviews and News

2016 Long Shadows Sequel Syrah - 93 PTS - JS

2016 Long Shadows Sequel Syrah - 93 PTS - JS

james suckling hq logo plain"This has attractively exotic spices and dark berries, as well as plums and spiced dark chocolate. There’s concentrated flavor and a juicy feel to the palate, whch makes for engaging drinking now. Drink or hold."
- James Suckling (July 2019), 93 pts

2016 Long Shadows Sequel Syrah - 93 PTS - JD

2016 Long Shadows Sequel Syrah - 93 PTS - JD

jeb dunnuck logo 250"A blend of 93% Syrah and 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2016 Sequel is another ripe, sexy, yet pure and balanced vintage for this cuvée. Lovely blackberry, smoked earth, graphite, and ground pepper all flow to a medium to full-bodied, silky, elegant wine that packs less of a punch than normal, yet is balanced and layered, with a great finish."
- James Dunnuck (2020), 93 pts

2016 Long Shadows Sequel Syrah - 92 PTS - VINOUS

2016 Long Shadows Sequel Syrah - 92 PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo 250"Alluring nose combines black raspberry, minerals, black olive and bitter chocolate, along with meat and woodsmoke nuances. There's a compelling plushness to the concentrated flavors of blackberry, blueberry, cassis, violet and bitter chocolate. Finishes long, with notes of violet and red licorice and substantial tannins that dust the incisors. - Stephen Tanzer"
- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (November 2019), 92 pts

2014 Long Shadows Sequel Syrah - 95 PTS - IWRep

2014 Long Shadows Sequel Syrah - 95 PTS - IWRep

international wine report logo"The 2014 'Sequel' Syrah is a stunning release from Long Shadows. This gorgeous Syrah is made by eminent Aussie winemaker John Duval, the former winemaker on the Penfolds Grange project. The Syrah wine opens with dense aromatics of smoked brisket, white pepper, black olive and hints of mocha and blackberry jam. There are layered flavors of black cherry, mocha, anise, crème de cassis and blackberry cobbler. This is intense, extracted and remains balanced from start to finish. This is one the best Sequel wines I've tasted in the past ten years. (Best 2016-2027) - O.B."
- International Wine Report (September 2016), 95 pts

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2014 Long Shadows Sequel Syrah - 94 PTS - WA

2014 Long Shadows Sequel Syrah - 94 PTS - WA

wa94"Made by John Duval, the 2014 Syrah Sequel is a sexy beast of a Syrah (there’s a splash of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend) that was brought up all in small barrels. Deep, inky colored, with a huge nose of black fruits, chocolate, smoke meats and licorice, it's a powerhouse on the palate and gives up full-bodied flavors, ripe, polished tannin and a great finish. - Jeb Dunnuck"
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #231, June 2017), 94 pts

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2013 Long Shadows Sequel Syrah - 93 PTS - VINOUS

2013 Long Shadows Sequel Syrah - 93 PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo 250"Highly aromatic nose offers scents of raspberry, cinnamon, white pepper and olive tapenade. In a juicy, spicy, rather penetrating style; clean and fruit-driven, with a spicy mineral underpinning. Boasts excellent density to its purple fruit flavors and carries impressively on the finish. - Stephen Tanzer"
- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (November 2016), 93 pts

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2013 Long Shadows Sequel Syrah - 91-93 PTS - WA

2013 Long Shadows Sequel Syrah - 91-93 PTS - WA

wa300"The 2013 Syrah Sequel gives up a big, rich, decadent style as well as lots of ripe black fruits, caramelized meats, licorice and wood-smoke like aromas and flavors. In a vintage that too often comes up short on texture and richness, this beauty delivers in spades. It should drink nicely right out of the gate."
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #225, June 2016), 91-93 pts

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2012 Long Shadows Sequel Syrah - 93+ PTS - VINOUS

2012 Long Shadows Sequel Syrah - 93+ PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo 250"Bright, dark ruby-red. Musky, high-toned, wonderfully expressive aromas of cassis, blueberry, black cherry, licorice, olive tapenade and meat. Pliant and sweet, boasting terrific spicy intensity to the flavors of black raspberry, blueberry and black olive. Finishes with resounding length and lift, and a powerful structure for aging. - Stephen Tanzer"
- Vinous (November 2015), 93+ pts

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2010 Long Shadows Sequel Syrah - 93 PTS - WE

2010 Long Shadows Sequel Syrah - 93 PTS - WE

Wine EnthusiastThis has the excellent acidity to support the ripe, super-concentrated fruit. Dense raspberry, cherry compote, baking spices, cola and licorice all come into play, with a streak of dried tobacco adding further interest. Editors' Choice. —P.G.


Wine Enthusiast Buying Guide - November 2013

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