Origin: United States
- Columbia Valley
Allen Shoup named this wine in honor of his grandfather, Charles Chester, and his grandmother, Maggie Kidder. He selected Long Shadows' director of winemaking and viticulture, Gilles Nicault, to craft this New World blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and other classic Bordeaux varieties.
Tasting Notes: The 2013 Chester-Kidder is a deeply flavored, opaque wine with generous black fruit aromas and hints of dried herbs and graphite. Smooth on entry, with polished tannins and layers of ripe fig; bright, dark cherry and sweet spice across the palate, this is a wine of great intensity and balance.
Vintage: An early bud break followed by dry, warm weather throughout spring marked the start of the 2013 vintage before rainfall moved across the Columbia Valley in mid-June. The precipitation allowed the vines to establish a substantial canopy that proved useful when summer temperatures climbed. With a protective exterior canopy, growers were able to open up the interior canopy to allow uniform ripening in the fruit zones so that when temperatures cooled in the fall, grapes enjoyed extended hang time that allowed flavors to fully mature.
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