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Date Printed: 9/22/2014
Sequel Syrah 2007
Sequel Syrah 2007
(search item no. 116680)
collectible wine
not core in nc/ma

Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 9/22/2014: $49.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2011 Tasting Panel rating: 91 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2006 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

John Duval, formerly of Australia's iconic Penfolds Grange, chose the Columbia Valley as his "Sequel" for the continuation of his life's work with Syrah.

Dark, lush and layered with blackberry, ripe plum and blueberry flavors complimented by aromas of black tea and incense. The wine offers great depth and richness with a silky texture and vibrant finish.

Blend: 98% Syrah and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon

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About Sequel:

John Duval, formerly of Australia’s iconic Penfolds Grange, chose the Columbia Valley as his “Sequel” for the continuation of his life’s work with Syrah. Sequel is one of six distinct red wines from the Long Shadows Vintners Collection.

A generous and concentrated wine of great character, Sequel is notable for its deep purple hue, rich aromatics and layers of flavor. Almond, dark chocolate and cherry notes fill the glass, complimented by hints of black licorice, blackberry, cocoa powder and a touch of smoke.

Carefully selected, hand-harvested grapes are fermented in two to four-ton tanks using a variety of fermentation methods including “rack and return,” a technique John Duval frequently uses in Australia. This allows for gentle handling of the berries while extracting optimal color and richness. The wine is aged an average of 18 months in 65 percent new French oak barrels.

Duval uses Syrah from The Benches at Wallula and Alder Ridge for their dark flavored fruits. Red Mountain grapes provide the structure of the wine and Boushey Vineyard in Yakima Valley brings the elegance to Sequel.