2012 Andreas

2012 Andreas
2012 Andreas

THE STORY:

2012 is a classic vintage that winemakers love! Don’t get me wrong, cooler vintages like 2010 and 2011 and warmer years like 2014 and 2015 yielded some very seriously delicious, solid wines, but it proved to be more challenging from a viticulture and winemaking standpoint. In fact, maybe from the marketing side as well. Especially during those more difficult years, it is important to have a very tight link between the grower and the winemaker; as with Den Hoed wines. Back to 2012; The wine did not quite make itself that year, but all stars definitely lined up with steady warm temperature during the growing season leading to a cooler harvest period which helped retain some of the vibrant fruit and helped optimized the hang time. Think black cherry being smashed by a dusty cowboy (let’s change that to cowgirl) on an old leather saddle while rain has just began pouring onto a heated arid land; think deep then deeper to the bottom of the deepest abyss; think Bill on top of his huge harvester having a warm cup of tea in Marie’s finest china… his little pinky straight up in the air. I know, it is hard to imagine but the 2012 Andreas is, just the same, out of this world with vibrant dark juicy fruit leading layers of graphite, dust, leather and prunes. Although it is a very deep intense wine, it shows restraint and elegance with an amazing well balanced overall mouthfeel.  Elaborate on chemistry, viticulture practices and winemaking techniques? Do not sweat it, just sit back and enjoy!

PRODUCTION:

168 cases

RELEASE DATE

April 15, 2016

Download Wine Notes
Vintage2012
VarietalCabernet Sauvignon
Varietal Composition100% Cabernet Sauvignon
AppellationHorse Heaven Hills
VineyardWallula
Acid6.4 g/L
PH3.93
Aging30 months in Vicard oak barrels (90% new).
Fermentation30 days skin contact for richness and complexity.
Alcohol14.50%
Wine StyleRed Wine
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date03/27/2015

93 POINTS - Wine Advocate

Made by Gilles Nicault (from Long Shadows) and offering tons of black fruits, herbs, chocolate and obvious oak, the 168-case 2012 Andreas (100% Cabernet Sauvignon) is full-bodied, focused and elegant on the palate, with good fruit and plenty of length. Aged 30 months in 90% new French Oak, it needs 4-5 years of cellaring and will keep through 2032.

100% Wallula Vineyard

Considered by some to be the best vineyard site in Washington state, Wallula Vineyard is a picturesque growing location nestled high above the mighty Columbia River south of Kennewick. The vineyard is planted on south-facing slopes which vary from 2% up to 30% grade and its perimeter totals 9 miles of varied terrain.  Of this perimeter, the shore of the Columbia River provides nearly 3.5 miles of waterfront. From the river's edge at 320 feet above sea level, the property climbs a distance of nearly 3.5 miles to its peak elevation of 1367 feet. The lower elevations of the property provide ideal growing conditions for ultra-premium reds while conditions at the upper elevations allow for high quality whites to be grown. The river is of utmost importance as the water acts as a massive insulator where during the day heat accumulates quickly and at night it provides a cooling effect once the sun goes down.

Wallula's beauty as well as its suitability to winegrapes is due in part to the huge Missoula floods that raced down the Columbia River during the last ice age. The surging waters deposited Shano silt loam soils on the site, and carved the steep, basalt-rimmed canyon walls atop which the vineyards are planted.

Gilles Nicault

Gilles Nicault left the University of Avignon with a four year degree in Viticulture and Enology. He honed his craft in the fabled hillside vineyards and wineries of Cote Du Rhone, Provence and Champagne. Then, already a vintner of rising fame, Gilles traveled to America. He wanted to see for himself if reports of outstanding noble grapes from the eastern slopes of Washington were indeed true.

His tour took him to the Staton Hills Winery of Yakima Valley in 1994 (now part of Diageo), to Woodward Canyon in 1996, and included an occasion at the Hogue Winery. He soon became part of the prestigious community of Washington enologists and winemakers.

But it was in the vineyards of southern France where Gilles developed his deep convictions regarding the science of grape growing, and the profound role it plays in winemaking.

“Wines are made in the vineyard and only an excellent relationship between grower and winemaker allows the crafting of outstanding wines that reflect their terroir,” he explains to all who ask.

Gilles has a passion for knowledge, and has shaped his career path to achieve maximum growth through exposure to new ideas. It was only natural that Gilles would want to join Allen Shoup’s state-of-the-art Long Shadows team. It is there that he is completing his search for the secrets of the world's most exceptional wines as he works alongside some of the world’s greatest winemakers. His exposure to their craftsmanship with specific grape varieties and classic wine styles allows him to perfect his own signature work.

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