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.
Tasting Notes: The 2013 Sequel is a classic Washington Syrah, dark garnet in color with lively, colorful aromas and expressive tapenade, cassis and cinnamon flavors that dance gracefully across the palate. Rich and supple in texture, this is a layered, complex wine with a concentrated finish that lasts.
Vintage: The 2013 growing season started with an early bud break followed by consistent dry, warm weather that lasted until rainfall moved across the Columbia Valley in mid-June. The precipitation allowed the vines to establish a solid canopy that proved useful when temperatures reached 100 degrees immediately following the rains. With a protective exterior canopy, we were able to open the interior canopy to allow uniform ripening in the fruit zone, and as temperatures cooled in September, the extended hang time allowed grape flavors to fully mature.
|Vintage:||2013||Grape Varietals:||92% Syrah, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon||ABV:||14.8%|
|Aging:||18 months in 65% new French oak barrels.|
Winemaking: Hand-harvested grapes underwent a variety of fermentation techniques to produce a wide spectrum of flavors, including 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 and optimal richness. Some lots underwent whole-cluster fermentation to enhance richness and dimension on the palate; a few lots were fermented with a submerged cap to enhance structure and mouth-feel. Aged 18 months in all French oak barrels, 65% new.
Vineyards: Two of the Columbia Valley’s best Syrah vineyards are the predominate source of this delicious blend. Bacchus Vineyard Syrah, grown on a south-facing block planted in 1993, gives Sequel its dark color, concentration and viscous mouth feel. Yakima Valley’s Boushey Vineyard Syrah adds bright fruit and an elegant character to the wine, and a small percentage of Dionysus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon enhances the wine’s complexity and structure.
|Item Number||Unit||Units/Case||Type||UPC - bottle||SCC - case||SRP/Unit|
|W0EE864051SYM||750ml||6||Glass||7 84585 01073 8||1 07 84585 01073 5||$69.00|
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
This 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