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Long Shadows Pirouette Meritage
Long Shadows Vintners
United States - Washington - Columbia Valley

Philippe Melka and Agustin Huneeus, Sr. teamed to combine the traditions of old world winemaking, the advancements of new world technology, and small lots from Washington State's finest vineyards to craft this enticing red blend.

A richly aromatic wine with beautiful notes of cassis, toasted walnuts, fresh rosemary and a hint of earthiness. On the palate, silky tannins create an elegant, textured mouthfeel with layers of blackberry, ripe cherry, dark chocolate and a hint of oak spice that gain focus across a vibrant finish.

Specifications
Appellation
Columbia Valley
Wine Type
Red
Varietal(s)
68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot, 6% Cabernet Franc, 3% Malbec (2016)
Vinification
A variety of fermentation methods were used to enhance complexity and richness in this classic Bordeaux blend. Hand-harvested Cabernet was fermented in 400L French oak barrels that were gently rolled throughout fermentation to integrate the oak with refined, dark fruit flavors and give the wine its silky mouthfeel. All other varieties were fermented in traditional stainless steel tanks, with select lots enjoying longer skin contact to enhance the wine’s dark color and mid-palate. The finished wine was aged 22 months in French oak barrels (75% new) before bottling, unfiltered and unfined.
Production
2,188 (9-liter cases)
Pairings

Grilled meat, grilled vegetables and strong cheese.

Reviews and News

2016 Long Shadows Columbia Valley Red Pirouette - 97 PTS - JD

2016 Long Shadows Columbia Valley Red Pirouette - 97 PTS - JD

jeb dunnuck logo 250"The 2016 Pirouette is made by Philippe Melka and it’s a total blockbuster based on 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, and the palate Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, and Malbec that was fermented in barrel and aged 22 months in 75% new oak. Crème de cassis, blackberries, toasted spices, cedar, and forest floor notes all emerge from this deep, rich, opulent red that has sweet tannins, a thrilling texture, no hard edges, and a monster finish. This is another best-to-date from this estate and it’s an awesome wine."
- Jeb Dunnuck (April 2019), 97 pts

2016 Long Shadows Columbia Valley Red Pirouette - 93 PTS - VINOUS

2016 Long Shadows Columbia Valley Red Pirouette - 93 PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo"Dark red-ruby. More precise on the nose than the Pedestal Merlot, offering aromas of black cherry, menthol and bitter chocolate. Then wonderfully silky and dense in the mouth, combining superb concentration and a subtle sweetness to its flavors of black raspberry, licorice, bitter chocolate and sexy oak. Fully ripe but also nicely delineated. Finishes very long and classically dry, with serious but smooth tongue-saturating tannins and resounding fruit. Gilles Nicault told me that winemaker Philippe Melka rotates the barrels during the vinification, instead of punching down or pumping over. (15.1% alcohol; the Cabernet Sauvignon from Red Mountain was fermented in 400-liter barrels made by Baron, 22% new; the blend was then aged in 75% new oak for 22 months; 3.85 pH) - Stephen Tanzer"
- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (December 2019), 93 pts

2016 Long Shadows Columbia Valley Red Pirouette - 90 PTS - JS

2016 Long Shadows Columbia Valley Red Pirouette - 90 PTS - JS

james suckling hq logo plain"This offers a fresh array of ripe red fruit with a smooth and juicy delivery of tannin that is framed in glossy oak spice. All modern and supple here and an easygoing finish. A blend of 68% cabernet sauvignon, 15% merlot, 8% petit verdot, 6% cabernet franc and 2% malbec. Drink now."
- James Suckling (July 2019), 90 pts

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2014 Long Shadows Columbia Valley Red Pirouette - 94+ PTS - WA

2014 Long Shadows Columbia Valley Red Pirouette - 94+ PTS - WA

wa94"Made by Philippe Melka, the 2014 Pirouette checks in as a blend of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Petit Verdot, 17% Merlot, 7% Cab Franc and a splash of Malbec. This inky colored beauty gives up tons of graphite, toasted spice, dried herbs and chocolatey dark fruit, full-bodied richness, building, ripe tannin and a great finish. It’s another killer wine from this estate, and possibly the best to date. - Jeb Dunnuck"
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #231, June 2017), 94+ pts

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2013 Long Shadows Columbia Valley Red Pirouette - 93 PTS - WA

2013 Long Shadows Columbia Valley Red Pirouette - 93 PTS - WA

wa93"Philippe Melka’s 2013 Pirouette is no slouch and offers serious amounts of ripe black cherry fruits, graphite, hints of chocolate and plenty of sweet oak in a beautifully concentrated, ripe, textured package. Made from 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 12% Petit Verdot and 5% Cabernet Franc (mostly from Red Mountain) that spent 22 months in 75% new French oak, give bottle 3-5 years in the cellar and enjoy over the following decade or more."
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #225, June 2016), 93 pts

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2013 Long Shadows Columbia Valley Red Pirouette - 93 PTS - VINOUS

2013 Long Shadows Columbia Valley Red Pirouette - 93 PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo 250"Classic aromas of cassis, minerals, licorice, violet and dark chocolate, with Taransaud barrels contributing sex appeal. Plush and seamless but still youthfully unevolved, with the black raspberry and dark chocolate flavors showing lively mineral lift. Boasts excellent energy. - Stephen Tanzer."
- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (November 2016), 93 pts

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2012 Long Shadows Columbia Valley Red Pirouette - 93 PTS - IWRep

2012 Long Shadows Columbia Valley Red Pirouette - 93 PTS - IWRep

international wine report logo"2012 Long Shadows 'Pirouette' is a red blend comprised of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 12% Petit Verdot and 7% Cabernet Franc. Esteemed winemakers Agustin Huneeus and Philippe Melka have teamed up to make this stunning wine. The nose possesses striking aromas of ripe blackberry, black cherry and anise. Everything follows through to a gorgeous velvety texture with blackberry, red cherry, raspberries and dill notes. Today, this is so delicious and open, it will be hard to cellar this. (Best 2015-2022) - OB."
- International Wine Report (July 2015), 93 pts

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2012 Long Shadows Columbia Valley Red Pirouette - 92+ PTS - VINOUS

2012 Long Shadows Columbia Valley Red Pirouette - 92+ PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo 250"Classic aromas of cassis, minerals, licorice, violet and dark chocolate, with Taransaud barrels contributing sex appeal. Plush and seamless but still youthfully unevolved, with the black raspberry and dark chocolate flavors showing lively mineral lift. Finishes tannic and very long but seriously clenched, in need of substantial cellaring. Boasts excellent energy; Nicault noted that nothing was acidified here in 2012. - Stephen Tanzer."
- Vinous (November 2015), 92+ pts

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Long Shadows Vintners is a collection of elite Washington State wineries comprised of internationally acclaimed winemakers from major wine regions around the world. Founded by Washington wine pioneer Allen Shoup ...
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