93 Pts Jay Miller - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This offer is a 375ML or half-bottle size.
"The 2005 Chester Kidder Red Wine is made by Gilles Nicault who is also the winemaker in residence at Long Shadows. It is a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Syrah, and 5% Merlot. It was aged for 30 months in 90% new, French and Hungarian oak. Opaque purple-colored, it reveals an alluring nose of brooding black fruit, pencil lead, mineral, and spice box. Round and ripe on the palate, it borders on opulence while concealing enough tannin to support another 6-8 years of cellaring. The sweet, savory fruit carries through into the lengthy finish. Drink this superb effort from 2013 to 2026." 93 points - Jay Miller - Wine Advocate
"Good deep ruby-red. Surprisingly expressive on the nose in light of the recent bottling, offering cassis, sappy spices, espresso, black pepper and wisteria. Dense, sweet and spicy, displaying an uncanny combination of fleshiness and vibrancy. Appears to gain in breadth and thickness toward the back, finishing with fine, palate-saturating tannins and lingering flavors of cassis and minerals. This blend is the baby of Gilles Nicault, who also serves as the resident winemaker for the Long Shadows project." 92 points - Stephen Tanzer - International Wine Cellar
"The blend is 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Syrah and 5% Merlot; the fruit is sourced from vineyards scattered throughout eastern Washington. Velvety and supple, this is a modulated mix of bright, sassy blackberry and currant fruit, spiced up with the peppery highlights of Syrah. The effect is to move it solidly into the Australian camp, which makes perfect sense, for nowhere else in the New World do these two grapes sync up so well. Vanilla and espresso streaks enhance the finish. -P.G." 91 points Wine Enthusiast
"Supple and appealing for its plum, currant and spice flavors, floating nicely over fine-grained tannins, finishing with hints of pepper and black olive. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot. Drink now through 2015. 1,586 cases made. -HS" 90 points Wine Spectator
"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 make a wine that says, 'this is how good Washington wine can be.' Allen selected Gilles Nicault, former winemaker for Woodward Canyon, to bring the vision to fruition." -Winery