Other Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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 offer his guests a glass of Chester-Kidder and say "this is how good a Washington red wine can be". Allen picked Gilles Nicault, former winemaker for Woodward Canyon, to bring this vision to fruition.
Loaded with dark fruit, bright cherries and a hint of vanilla and espresso, the 2005 Chester-Kidder is lively, vibrant and rich on the palate. Layers of fruit and spice lead to a lengthy finish laced with delicate notes of cedar.
The Wine Advocate - "The 2005 Chester Kidder Red Wine is made by Gilles Nicault who is also the winemaker in residence at Long Shadows. It is a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Syrah, and 5% Merlot. It was aged for 30 months in 90% new, French and Hungarian oak. Opaque purple-colored, it reveals an alluring nose of brooding black fruit, pencil lead, mineral, and spice box. Round and ripe on the palate, it borders on opulence while concealing enough tannin to support another 6-8 years of cellaring. The sweet, savory fruit carries through into the lengthy finish. Drink this superb effort from 2013 to 2026. "
International Wine Cellar - "Good deep ruby-red. Surprisingly expressive on the nose in light of the recent bottling, offering cassis, sappy spices, espresso, black pepper and wisteria. Dense, sweet and spicy, displaying an uncanny combination of fleshiness and vibrancy. Appears to gain in breadth and thickness toward the back, finishing with fine, palate-saturating tannins and lingering flavors of cassis and minerals. This blend is the baby of Gilles Nicault, who also serves as the resident winemaker for the Long Shadows project."
Wine Spectator - "Supple and appealing for its plum, currant and spice flavors, floating nicely over fine-grained tannins, finishing with hints of pepper and black olive. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot. Drink now through 2015. 1,586 cases made."
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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. View all Chester-Kidder Wines
About Columbia ValleyView a map of Columbia Valley wineries
Columbia Valley is the largest of Washington State's wine growing regions, with almost 11 million acres. It encompasses a number of smaller regions, including Yakima Valley, Walla Walla Valley, Red Mountain and more. The vast area consists of a range of climates, allowing viticulturists to plant a diverse selection of grape varieties. Most wineries plant rows sparsely, which helps the vines survive the harsh winters.
Notable FactsMerlot is the most popular and most planted grape of the area, followed by Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Syrah and Riesling are also popular and continue to grow in acreage.
About WashingtonRelated Links:Now the number two producer in the United States, Washington State has also grown in quality.
So how does a state known for rain and coffee produce high quality wines? They plant their grapes on the east side of the Cascade mountains, away from that ever-present rain cloud that sits along the coast. Perhaps wine grapes do well since the sandy loam soils east of the Cascade range give way to an almost desert-like land, saved from drought only by the helpful rivers that run through the area – and the good irrigation systems.
Thinking that the state would do best with typical northern growing grapes like Riesling and Gewurtztraminer, turns out the apple state is well-suited for reds, namely Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and, more recently, Syrah. Of course, whites have not been forgotten - Washington State Rieslings range from bone-dry to sweet, are well-structured and high quality, and Chardonnay dominates most of the other white plantings, making a range of wines. But the reds of the region, Merlot in particular, have made Washington State a quality force to be reckoned with.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.