LongShadows Wineries is a group of nine famous winemakers from around the world making seven highly rated wines from Washington State fruit.
The “Nine Hats” winemakers include California winemakers Randy Dunn (Feather) and Agustin Huneeus (Pirouette), Bordeaux chateau owner Michel Rolland (Pedestal), the proprietor of Chateau Le Bon-Pasteur in Pomerol, Australian John Duval (Sequel), Ambrogio and Giovanni Folonari (Saggi), and German Riesling producer Armin Diel (Poet’s Leap). In addition, resident winemaker Giles Nicault makes a seventh wine under the Chester Kidder label.
“Nine Hats” Red Wine is a blend of the extra barrels of LongShadows’ 2007 vintage red wines – Sequel, Pirouette, Feather, Saggi, Chester Kidder, and Pedestal. It’s the same juice as goes into the signature wines of each “Hat” – the excess that was left over.
LongShadows didn’t make much of this wine. With 94+ scores for most of their wines from Wine Spectator and such, they don’t have to. I’m assuming they needed to get rid of the extra juice. Whatever the reason, this is pretty dang good for the price.
It’s big and juicy, with lots of dark cherry and plum flavors, cedar, toast, saddle leather, cigar smoke, espresso. Classic Washington red. Although says it’s 60% Cab on the label, it drinks more like a big Walla Walla Syrah. Great wine for the $$$.
From Longshadows Group: “Nine winemakers. Nine hats. The nine renowned winemakers of Long Shadow’s signature wines discover after each harvest that a percentage of their resulting barrels are more than they require to achieve that perfect balance in their final blends. These extra barrels now produce NINE HATS…wines of complexity and supple texture.”