Pirouette 2005

Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington

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Item No. 94076
  • WE92
  • RP91
  • CG91
Style: Earthy & Spicy

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.

Ratings Pedigree:

Winemaker's Notes

Philippe Melka and Agustin Huneeus, Sr. teamed to combine the lore of old world winemaking, the advancements of new world technology, and small lots from Washington State's finest vineyards to craft this exotic red blend.

Blend: 57% Cab Sauv, 20% Merlot, 14% Syrah, 5% Malbec, 4% Cabernet Franc

This rich, deeply colored wine offers a broad spectrum of complex aromas including leather and black cherry interwoven with hints of spice, earth and a subtle note of licorice. Supple yet firm tannins on the entry turn rich on the mid-palate to provide a lush mouthfeel across a lengthy finish.

"The newest vintage of Long Shadows Pirouette is 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 14% Syrah, 5% Malbec and 4% Cabernet Franc. This is substantial, textural and complex. The toasty new oak flavors are more than matched by rich layers of berries, cassis and black cherries. It glides into a seductive midpalate, adding flavors of dusty cocoa, espresso liqueur and toasted grain. It would show quite well against California Mertiage-style wines costing twice as much." 92 Points
Wine Enthusiast
March 2009

Critical Acclaim

"The newest vintage of Long Shadows Pirouette is 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 14% Syrah, 5% Malbec and 4% Cab Franc. Combined with the benefits of a stellar vintage, this is substantial, textural and complex. The toasty new oak flavors are more than matched by rich layers of berries, cassis and black cherries. It glides into a seductive midpalate, adding flavors of dusty cocoa, espresso liqueur and toasted grain. It would show quite well against California Meritage-style wines costing twice as much."
92 Points

"The 2005 Pirouette features winemakers Agustin Huneeus and Philippe Melka. It is composed of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 14% Syrah, 5% Malbec, and 4% Cabernet Franc aged for 22 months in 75% new French oak. Saturated purple in color, it offers aromas of wood smoke, earth notes, spice box, plum, black currant, and blueberry. The wine is seamless upon entry but a bit short in the finish. Perhaps a few years of bottle aging will fill it out. "
91 Points

"57% Cabernet Sauvignon; 20% Merlot; 14% Syrah; 5% Malbec; 4% Cabernet Franc. Intriguing aromas of sweet red cherries, milk chocolate, orange rind, black plums and toasty, slightly smoky oak start this wine off right. It is fairly full in body and supple at the front of the palate with lots of soft-grained tannins providing support for an aging regime of four to eight years at least. And, there is every reason to expect more."
91 Points

"Firm in texture, with grippy tannins around a glowing core of plum and blueberry fruit, shaded with earthy, cedary notes as the finish persists. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Malbec and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2010 through 2015. 1,693 cases made. "
90 Points

Learn About Pirouette

Agustin Huneeus, Sr. (Quintessa) and acclaimed winemaker Philippe Melka teamed to combine the traditions of old world winemaking, the advancements of new world technology, and small lots from Washington State"s finest vineyards to craft this classic Bordeaux-styled blend. Pirouette is one of six distinct red wines from the Long Shadows Vintners collection. Richly layered and...

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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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