2015 Andreas 1.5L magnum

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2015 Andreas 1.5L magnum
2015 Andreas 1.5L magnum


This year's concentration of color and intensity of the aromatic profile is mind-blowing, which really coming from such a vineyard managed by the upmost dedicated, fierce and passionate Den Hoed team in a near perfect vintage is no surprise. Such a sense of place, sense of pride, sense of nonsense. Then comes the real experience, the feeling of an elegant silky and parfumy texture coming across the lips which makes the world seem all so balanced, sophisticated and welcoming. A firm yet smooth and rich texture lead black cherry, vibrant fig flavors with hints of of earthiness, white truffle and minerality which seems to last for hours.


June 21, 2019

VarietalCabernet Sauvignon
Varietal Composition100% Cabernet Sauvignon
AppellationHorse Heaven Hills
Acid6.2 g/L
Aging30 months in Vicard oak barrels (90% new).
Fermentation30 days skin contact for richness and complexity.
Wine StyleRed Wine
Volume1.5 liter
Bottling Date03/22/2018

95 POINTS - Jeb Dunnuck

Made from 100% Horse Heaven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon that spent 30 months in 90% new French oak, the 2015 Andreas Wallula Vineyard reveals a ruby/plum color, notes of crème de cassis, lead pencil, graphite, and crushed rock, full body, and a seamless, beautifully balanced profile. It's one seriously classy Cabernet Sauvignon that's capable of evolving for two decades or more.

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 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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