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Date Printed: 11/24/2014
Chester-Kidder  2006
Chester-Kidder 2006
(search item no. 109075)
collectible wine

International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 11/24/2014: $49.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Aromas of dried figs and cocoa powder, along with hints of tamarind and toasty oak are followed by intense violet and blueberry jam flavors beautifully integrated around a spicy core.

Allen Shoup named this wine in honor of his grandfather, Charles Chester, and his grandmother, Maggie Kidder. He has a purpose in mind; a vision really, and that is to make a wine that says, "this is how good Washington wine can be." Allen selected Gilles Nicault, former winemaker for Woodward Canyon, to bring the vision to fruition.

My Notes:

Additional wines from Chester-Kidder:

  • 2010 (search item no. 131001)

About Chester-Kidder:

Gilles Nicault brings his French winemaking talents to this New World blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and other classic red Bordeaux varieties. Chester-Kidder is one of six distinct red wines from the Long Shadows Vintners collection.

Aromas of dried figs and cocoa powder, along with hints of tamarind and toasty oak are followed by intense violet and blueberry jam flavors beautifully integrated around a spicy core.

French-born and trained winemaker Gilles Nicault has been making wine in the Columbia Valley since 1994. He continues to marvel at the growing region’s remarkable ability to produce wines that are both approachable and beautifully age-worthy due to the fruit’s balance and intensity. Styled to capture the complexity of the growing region, Chester-Kidder is aged for an average of 30 months in tight-grained French oak which allows the fruit to fully integrate prior to bottling.

The back bone of this wine is Cabernet Sauvignon from Red Mountain and nearby Candy Mountain. Its deepness and darkness is Syrah from our estate’s Benches Vineyards at Wallula in Horse Heaven Hills.