Chester-Kidder Red Blend 2009
Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.9%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most 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%.
Black cherry and cocoa aromas compliment vibrant flavors of blackberry,
licorice and cassis. Hints of graphite and a subtle earthiness provide layers of complexity. With its firm structure and polished tannins, the velvety texture glides easily across a lengthy finish.
"A blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Syrah, 17% Petit
Verdot and 5% Cabernet Franc that spent 30 months in
100% new French oak, the 2009 Red Wine Chester-Kidder
is made by Long Shadow’s manager, Gilles Nicault, and
comes from a variety of vineyards in the Columbia Valley.
A big, rich wine that does everything right, it has an inky
purple color to go with intense creme de cassis, raspberry,
toast and spiced meat aromas on the nose. Surprisingly
polished and supple on the palate, with juicy acidity, it has
layers of fruit, a medium to full-bodied texture and serious
length on the finish. Enjoy it over the coming 10-12 years.
The Wine Advocate
Learn About Chester-Kidder
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.
Learn About Columbia Valley
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...
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Learn About Other Red Blends
Other Red Red wines are certainly not limited to Cabernet and Pinot Noir - or even Nebbiolo and Grenache. There are a multitude of grape varieties throughout the world, however, in a Darwinian sense, survival of the fittest only brings us wines made from grapes that can adapt to changing climates and winemaking techniques. Notable Facts Our other red wines primarily consists of...
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