Long Shadows Winery
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2014 Poet's Leap


 

Poet's Leap 2014 - Stephen Tanzer

"Tangy aromas of stone and citrus fruits, dusty brown spices, minerals and honey. Moderately sweet but with terrific acidity and saline minerality buffering the sugar and intensifying the fruit. A strong CO2 content gives the wine a youthful spritz. Tactile, bright Riesling with terrific retention of fruit." - Stephen Tanzer

91 POINTS

 



 

Poet's Leap 2014 - Wine & Spirits

"Open-armed, generous and fine-boned, this pure Riesling is composed primarily of fruit from The Benches vineyard in Horse Heaven Hills, overlooking the Columbia River. It has a peppery phenolic top note that seems to hold the wine together like fine lace, with an elder-flower scent, pure apple flavors, and a finish that's forthright and sublty phenolic." 

91 POINTS

 



2013 Poet's Leap


 

Poet's Leap Riesling 2013 - Wine Enthusiast

"One of the consistently finest Rieslings from the state, this is technically off dry, but feels dry given its exceptional adicity. Elegant citrus and floral aromas introduce a dense, textural midpalate. A showcase of style and panache, its layered citrus and stone fruits bring both skin and flesh flavors into focus." 

93 POINTS, CELLAR SELECTION

 



 

Poet's Leap Riesling 2013 - Wine Advocate

"Rock-solid, the 2013 Poet's Leap Riesling is a delicious, lively and crisp white that offers plenty of mint, green citrus, and flint-like minerality to go with a medium-bodied profile on the palate that delivers a kiss of sweetness. Perfectly balanced, it will drink well for 5 - 7 years."

90 POINTS


2012 Poet's Leap


 

Poet's Leap Riesling 2012 - Wine Enthusiast

"Half of this year's Poet's Leap Riesling is sourced from The Benches, one quarter from old vine plantings at Dionysus, and the rest from Yakima's Phil Church vineyard. Marvelous concentration and panoply of lush orange, apricot, peach and papaya flavors carry this beautifully balanced wine through a long and satisfying finish. Delicious young, it could also be cellared for a decade or longer." 

94 POINTS, EDITORS' CHOICE

 



 

Poet's Leap Riesling 2012 - Wine Advocate

"A beautiful Riesling that has excellent typicity, the 2012 Poet's Leap offers up classy lychee nut, citrus peel and freshly crushed stone-like minerality as well as a medium-bodied, semi-dry palate-feel that's buffered nicely by juicy, lip smacking acidity." 

91 POINTS

 



2011 Poet's Leap


 

Poet's Leap Riesling 2011 - Wine & Spirits

 "Sinewy and elegant, with a tangy citrus scent and a hint of peppercorn, this feels finely knit and pure. The flavors lengthen after a day open and bring to bear a juicy, mouthwatering briskness, with a minerality that suggests a long, thrilling life in the cellar."

93 POINTS


 

Poet's Leap Riesling 2011 - Wine Enthusiast - Editor's Choice

 "This shows lively acidity, with riipe but tart fruit and an alcohol level just slightly above 12%. The grapes used were sourced from The Benches (German clones) annd old vine plantings at Dionysus. It's a lush Poet's Leap, lightly tasting of honey, and loaded with pretty flavors of Meyer lemon, ripe orange, and candied pineapple."

92 POINTS, EDITOR'S CHOICE


 

Poet's Leap 2011 Riesling - Connoisseurs' Guide

 "Incisive in its keen Riesling focus and bristling with bright, fruity acids. It has all the piaces in place to develop impressively with age."

91 POINTS



2010 Poet's Leap


 

Poet's Leap 2010 - Wine Enthusiast

 "From an especially cool vintage that favored acidity and citrus, this Poet's Leap is a pretty wine, vibrant and full across the palate, with a mix of apple and peach flavors. Clean and balanced, it adds nuances of tea and finally a hint of honey in the extended finish."

93 POINTS, EDITORS' CHOICE 


 

Poet's Leap 2010 Riesling - Connoisseurs' Guide

 "As its devoted admirers know, Riesling can be a complex and very serious wine, and this latest lovely from Poet's Leap is an intense, beautifully balanced, slightly sweet version that smacks of minerals, fresh limes and a bit of pineapple and citrus. It tastes of fruit rather than sugar and it shows tremendous length with the kind of firm acid spine that guarantees it will be around and in increaslingly good shape for many years to come."

92 POINTS


 

Poet's Leap 2010 - Wine Spectator

"This tangy wine has presence and depth, with a tart edge to the delicate sweetness, as apple and floral flavors linger on the finish."

90 POINTS  


2009 Poet's Leap


 

Poet's Leap 2009 - Wine Enthusiast - #7 of "Top 100 Wines of 2010"

"Hand-picked and whole-cluster pressed, this immaculate, fresh, generous and stylish Riesling is always at the top of Washington's best. Loaded with grapefruit, citrus and stone flavors, it cleans the palate and piles on the details as it rolls into a finish that lingers well over a full minute."

95 POINTS, EDITORS' CHOICE
#7 OF THE "TOP 100 WINES OF 2010"



 

Poet's Leap 2009 - Wine Advocate

"Light straw-colored with an alluring perfume of flint, spring flowers, white peach, and melon. Made in a Kabinett stlye (1.35 grams of residual sugar), on the palate it is crisp, vibrant, intense, and impeccably balanced."

91 POINTS 


 

Poet's Leap 2009 - Connoisseurs' Guide

 "Its tantalizing glimpses of fresh pears, green peaches, and a certain stony complexity tag it as a very serious wine. Near-perfect acidity serves as a counterpoint to its modest subars, and its overall balance is ideal."

91 POINTS 


2008 Poet's Leap


 

Poet's Leap 2008 - Wine Enthusiast - #8 of "Top 100 Wines of 2009"

 "The Poet's Leap Riesling continues its string of outstanding vintages, once again exceptionally concentrated and complex. The high-acid 2008 vintage adds extra juice vibrancy to the fruit, giving the wine an impression of dryness and dense, layered fruit component. A mix of old vine and German clones, this is a superb effort."

94 POINTS, EDITORS' CHOICE
#8 OF THE "TOP 100 WINES OF 2009"



 

Poet's Leap 2008 - Wine & Spirits

"The style is plush, with citrus accents and hints of lees, and a texture that feels broad and immensely satisfying. The balance never falters, as if on guide wires; it's fine, poised for grilled char."

92 POINTS  



Poet's Leap 2008 Ice Wine - Wine Enthusiast

POET'S LEAP ICE WINE

"Incredibly complex with it's early aromas of honey, candle wax, marzipan, ripe peaches and a slightly idiosyncratic suggestion of pumpkin pie. Every bit as generous endowed in the mouth, from its peach essence and it toasted almond flavors to its viscous, syrupy palatal weight, this wine isi a tour de force that demands drinking up on its own in quiet contemplation."

95 POINTS



 

Poet's Leap 2008 Botrytis Riesling - Connoisseurs' Guide

POET'S LEAP BOTRYTIS RIESLING

 "Full of energy and extremely well-balanced from first to last and virtually begs for time in the cellar to allow its baby fat to melt into a complex wine destined for the ages."

95 POINTS


Wine Enthusiast

Poet's Leap 2008 Botrytis Riesling - Wine Enthusiast

POET'S LEAP BOTRYTIS RIESLING

"Opens with a sensational smorgasbord of scents from honey and citrus to pineapple, celery, cucumber, orange blossom, lemon verbena and so on and on. Full bodied and extremely youthful, this has a long life ahead."

94 POINTS - CELLAR SELECTION

 



2007 Poet's Leap


 

Poet's Leap 2007 - Wine Enthusiast

 "Loaded with honeysuckle, melon, pear, peach and hints of sweet grapefruit, this juicy wine perfectly captures the intensity of Washington Rieslings and the complexity of German wines."

94 POINTS, EDITORS' CHOICE


 

Poet's Leap 2007 - Wine & Spirits

"The 2007, with estimable vineyard sources that include The Benches, Wienbau and Dionysus, is ripe and tropical, leading with peach accents and a wheaty scent of lees. The flavors are exuberant and fresh, the textures voluptuous, held to a lean contour by firm, talc-like minerality that calls to mind Diel's home turf."
 
92 POINTS


 

Poet's Leap 2007 - Wine Advocate

 "Medium straw-colored with a greenish tint, it offers aromas of fresh apples, honey, and spring flowers. This splendidly balanced wine has lively acidity, crisp spicy flavors, and excellent length."

91 POINTS


2006 Poet's Leap


 

Poet's Leap 2006 - Wine Enthusiast

 "Aromas and flavors of musky ripe peach, ginger, nutmeg and earth; reminded me of a Nahe Riesling. Juicy, intensely flavored and just off-dry, offering a satisfying supple texture and very good length."

94 POINTS


2005 Poet's Leap


 

Poet's Leap 2005 - Wine Enthusiast - #13 of "Top 100 Wines of 2009"

"Old-vine Riesling from Dionysus and Weinbau form the core of the wine, which is immaculate, rich, and benerous. The fruits sound like a country fair in summer - melon, stone fruits, citrus, honey - and the mix of residual sugar and racy acids is thrillingly on target."

93 POINTS, EDITORS' CHOICE
#19 OF THE "TOP 100 WINES OF 2007" 


 

Poet's Leap 2005 - Wine & Spirits

 "This bottling almost resembles Pinot Gris at first pass, its wheaty scents mingling with a heady aroma of white peach: those peach flavors explode on the palate, a seductive intensity that's held in check with a thrilling line of acidity."

92 POINTS


 

Poet's Leap 2005 - Wine Advocate

 "This splendid Riesling is light straw-colored with green highlights. It delivers a complex perfume of slate, mineral, a hint of petrol, spring flowers, honey, and green apple."

91 POINTS