Long Shadows Winery
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2012 Pirouette


 

Pirouette 2012 - Wine Enthusiast

"Another impeccable effort from this estate, the 2012 Pirouette was barrel fermented (in 400-liter barrels) and spent 22 months in 75% new french oak. Full-bodied, rich, concentrated and textured, with no shortage of fruit, it offers loads of chocolaty black fruits, cedar, lead pencil shavings and hints of graphite on the nose. Like most 2012s, it has ample underlying tannin that's mostly hidden by the exuberant fruit and texture of the vintage. Give it 3-4 years and enjoy through 2027+." 

93 POINTS

 



 

Pirouette 2012 - Stephen Tanzer

"Classic aromas of cassis, minerals, licorice, violet and dark chocolate, with Taransaud barrels contributing sex appeal. Plush and seamless but still youthfully unevolved, with the black raspberry and dark chocolate flavors showing lively mineral lift. Boasts excellent energy." - Stephen Tanzer

92+ POINTS

 



2011 Pirouette


 

Pirouette 2011 - Wine Advocate

"The 2011 Pirouette has a deep, rich and full-bodied personality to go with solid aromas and flavors of black cherry, cassis, crushed rock, licorice and hints of white pepper. I love the overall purity here and it has ample, finely polished tannin on the lengthy finish."

93 POINTS


 

Pirouette 2011 - Wine Enthusiast

92 POINTS, CELLAR SELECTION


2010 Pirouette


 

Pirouette 2010 - Wine Enthusiast

"Scents of violets and raspberries lead on the bouquet, with plenty of rich new-oak aromas. It's bright and spicy in the mouth, youthful and balanced, with terrific energy and aging potential." 

94 POINTS, CELLAR SELECTION

 



 

Pirouette 2010 - Wine Advocate

"Offering ripe, toasty notes of smoked earth, herbs, chocolate and assorted black fruits, it is medium-bodied, firm and focused on the palate, with great acidity and edgy tannin. It's a classy, elegant and age-worthy Bordeaux blend that should evolve positively for 3-4 years and have 10-12 years of ultimate longevity." 

92 POINTS

 



2009 Pirouette


Wine Enthusiast

Pirouette 2009 - Wine Enthusiast - Cellar Selection

"The 2009 Pirouette offers vibrant aromas of black cherry, violets, and incense that leap from the glass. Ripe currant flavors, hints of black olive, roasted coffee bean and vanilla nuances provide layers of depth, with excellent structure and polished tannins contributing to its lengthy finish." 

95 POINTS, CELLAR SELECTION

 




 

Pirouette - Stephen Tanzer's Intl. Wine Cellar

"Deep, bright medium ruby. Ripe, inviting aromas of cassis, black raspberry, blackberry and black licorice. Large-scaled, sweet and rich; wonderfully glossy in the mouth, with concentrated dark fruit flavors complemented by a strong element of sweet oak. This big boy finished with lovely lingering perfume, excellent length and terrific tannic grip."

93+ POINTS


2008 Pirouette



Pirouette 2008 - Wine Enthusiast - #2 of "Top 100 Wines of 2012"

"A stunning PIrouette. Full and magnificently rich, it is loaded with dense and thrilling fruit flavors of black cherry and cassis. A streak oof iron and a hint of citrus keep the wine evolving through a long, beautifully balanced finish. Retasted after being open for 24 hours, the wine was as fresh and thrilling as on the first day."

98 POINTS, CELLAR SELECTION
#2 OF "TOP 100 CELLAR SELECTIONS OF 2012"

 



 

Pirouette - Stephen Tanzer's Intl. Wine Cellar

 "Bright ruby red. Explosive aromas of cassis, violet and menthol. Large-scaled, chewy and sweet, with dark fruit and strong spicy oak flavors shaped and extended by building tannins."

92+ POINTS


2007 Pirouette



Pirouette - Wine Advocate

 "Medium purple in color, it sports an incipiently complex nose of Asian spices, incense, violets, mineral, black currant, and blackberry. This leads to a full-bodied, mouth-filling wine with with ample ripe tannin, excellent balance, and 4-6 years of aging potential."

93+ POINTS


 

Pirouette - Stephen Tanzer's Intl. Wine Cellar

 "Good deep red-ruby. Raspberry, licorice and an enticing floral quality on the nose. Lush, smooth and sweet, but with lovely violet lift giving energy to the dark raspberry and cocoa powder flavors. Very broad, generous wine with sexy oak treatment. Finishes with substantial broad tannins and lovely length. Has the guts to age, but there's nothing hard about this beauty today."

93 POINTS 


 

Pirouette - Wine Enthusiast

 "Supple and inviting, from the nose of flowers and dark fruits, to the chocolatey tannins that lick the back of the throat, this is a fully-realized, smooth and most accessible red wine."

92 POINTS 


2006 Pirouette


 

Pirouette - Wine Spectator

"This rich, opulent red teems with currant, blackberry, plum and exotic spice flavors, weaving in touches of herb and tobacco as the finish sails easily on."

93 POINTS 


 

Pirouette - Wine Enthusiast

"Concentrated and focused, it is expressive right out of the bottle, supple and clearly defined. Floral, darkly fruited, bursting with black cherry and cassis, detailed with licorice and stone, this excellent wine will be difficult to put away for aging, but well worth the effort."

93 POINTS, CELLAR SELECTION 


 

Pirouette - Wine Advocate

"Saturated purple in color, it offers aromas of wood smoke, earth notes, spice box, plum, black currant, and blueberry. The wine is seemless upon entry with incipient complexity and the structure to evolve for 5-7 years."

92 POINTS  


2005 Pirouette


 

Pirouette - Wine Enthusiast

 "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 would show quite well against California Meritage-style wines costing twice as much."

92 POINTS


 

Pirouette - Wine Spectator

 "Saturated purple in color, it offers aromas of wood smoke, earth notes, spice box, plum, black currant, and blueberry."

91 POINTS


 

Pirouette - Wine Spectator

 "Firm in texture, with grippy tannins around a glowing core of plum and blueberry fruit, shaded with earthy, cedary notes as the finish persists."

90 POINTS 


2004 Pirouette


 

Pirouette - Wine Advocate

 "The expressive nose offers up pain grille, scorched earth, blueberry, and blackberry liquer. This is followed by a thick wine with silky tannins, superb depth and richness, and layers of flavor."

93 POINTS


 

Pirouette - Connoisseurs' Guide

 "A wine of many parts and many facets, its aromas start with ripe black cherries and hints of wild berries and proceed to caramel, currants and toast combined in the most mannerly and never flamboyant way."

91 POINTS


 

Pirouette - Wine Spectator

 "Ripe, plush and generous with its dark-hued cherry and currant fruit, shaded with licorice and roasted pepper as the finish rolls on and on. A hefty wine that finds a balance as the aftertast lingers."

90 POINTS


2003 Pirouette


 

Pirouette - Wine Advocate

 "It reveals a super nose of sweet black fruits, tar, and licorice. An immensely broad wine, it unleashes creamy waves of black fruits on the palate that are powerfully flavored and linger throughout its extensive finish. An immensely lush, engaging effort, it reveals excellent tannin and ripeness."

93 POINTS


 

Pirouette - Wine & Spirits

"It gives off scents of red cherry grounded by oak. That fruit comes to the fore in the wine's flavor, generous yet light on its feet, with a mildly smoky finish that grows in complexity after a day open."

93 POINTS 


 

Pirouette - Wine Spectator

"Focused and spicy, with lots of chocolaty oak around a vibrant core of currant and plum fruit, persisting nicely on the supple finish."

91 POINTS