Vintage: Mother Nature handed Columbia Valley winemakers a near perfect growing season in 2012. Early spring days were warm; April conditions were ideal, then temperatures cooled considerably in May and June before warming for the summer and remaining consistent throughout harvest. Small berries ripened perfectly, yielding wines loaded with intense flavor and rich, balanced tannins in the finished wine.
Vineyards: This Cabernet Sauvignon-dominant wine, sourced primarily from Red Mountain for backbone and structure, is blended with Merlot from Weinbau (Wahluke Slope) and Dionysus Vineyards (near Pasco) for richness and a soft mouthfeel. Dionysus Vineyard Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc add vibrancy and added complexity.
Tasting Notes: A deep, dark wine packed with engaging aromas of fresh blueberry and dark chocolate, the 2012 Pirouette is rich and complex from start to finish. Refined and textured on the palate with lively, mouth-filling blackberry jam flavors accompanied by hints of spice and fig that carry across a lingering finish.
|Vintage:||2012||Grape Varietals:||63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 12% Petit Verdot, 6% Cabernet Franc||ABV:||14.9%|
|Aging:||22 months in French oak, 75% new|
As in previous vintages of Pirouette, hand-sorted grapes underwent a variety of fermentation techniques to build layers of complexity and richness in the final blend. Cabernet Sauvignon was fermented with wild yeast in 400L oak barrels that were gently rolled throughout fermentation to enhance the wine's structure without imparting bitterness. 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. Aged 22 months in French oak barrels, 75% new and bottled unfined and unfiltered.
|Item Number||Unit||Units/Case||Type||UPC - bottle||SCC - case||SRP/Unit|
|W0EE864047CSM||750ml||6||Glass||7 84585 01070 7||1 07 84585 01070 4||$90.00|
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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