2017 Andreas

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2017 Andreas
2017 Andreas


The 2017 growing season started slowly, with cool, wet conditions resulting in a delayed bud break and a slightly delayed bloom. Temperatures increased significantly in the summer months allowing the vineyards to get back on track with normal harvest timelines. Overall berry size was fairly typical and a significant cooling in the latter part of September allowed for extended hang time to reach optimum pick standards. We selected our best clusters from multiple blocks and for our final blend settled on a singular clone from one block harvested on October 26th. 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 10, 2020.


December 1, 2021

95 POINTS - Jeb Dunnuck

"Lots of classic tobacco, leafy herbs, and cedar notes emerge from the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Andreas Wallula Vineyard. Medium to full-bodied, it has loads of classic cassis and currant fruits, terrific overall balance, ripe tannins, and a great finish. As with most 2017s, it's compact and focused on the palate, so give it a few years in the cellars. It's a terrific Cabernet Sauvignon with lots of typicity and the balance and concentration to keep for 20 years or more."

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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