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Chester-Kidder Red Blend
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17½/20

Chester-Kidder Red Blend 2014

Columbia Valley, Washington, United StatesThe soul of Long Shadows is Chester Kidder and the 2014 is looking like the best yet. It’s made with care by director of winemaking and viticulture, Gilles Nicault who macerates this red for over 40 days and ages it in 85 percent new French oak. The enticing, savoury, earthy, dry, blackberry scented red with well-managed oak, is fun to drink. The mix is 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Syrah, and 6% Petit Verdot is somewhat reminiscent of some old Penfolds reds but with a bit more oomph. The palate is dense, but balanced, with a more linear character that focuses on a harmonious balance of fruit, acid and tannin to lead you through the finish. The perfect steak wine now, it will remain so for a decade or more. Impressive. Allen Shoup named this wine in honor of his mother Elizabeth Chester, and his grandmother Maggie Kidder.Tasted: 03 November 2018Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 87.99 private wine stores AB 70.00 fine wine shops ON 69.00 Classics Catalogue US 42.00 estimated retail QC 54.00 Producer: Long Shadows VintnersDistributors: Mark Anthony Wines and Spirits
Blend: Cabernet Sauvignon - Syrah - Merlot - Malbec - Cabernet FrancCSPC: 882258UPC: 808755003877