2016 Andreas

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2016 Andreas
2016 Andreas


Out of the gate it appeared that 2016 would be one of the hottest vintages on record. Bud break, bloom and veraison were earlier than typical as high temperatures pushed the vines along. Moderating, cooler temperatures prevailed for August thru October presenting the perfect conditions for extended hang time. We selected our best clusters of Clone 8 from two blocks and Clone 15 from one block on September 29th and October 11th. Extended maceration was employed to give the wine richness and complexity, and it was then aged quietly in predominantly new French oak until bottling on March 22, 2019.


November 23, 2020

VarietalCabernet Sauvignon
Varietal Composition100% Cabernet Sauvignon
AppellationHorse Heaven Hills
Aging30 months in Vicard oak barrels (90% new).
Fermentation30 days skin contact for richness and complexity.
Wine StyleRed Wine
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date03/22/2019

94+ POINTS - Jeb Dunnuck

"Brilliant and is up with the top wines in the appellation. Lots of chocolaty dark fruits, tobacco, graphite, and Pauillac-like lead pencil notes all flow to a powerful, concentrated, tannic wine that’s not for those looking for lightweight aromas or flavors. All Cabernet Sauvignon aged in 90% new barrels, it should become more civilized with 4-5 years of bottle age and I suspect it will keep for over two decades."

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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