Each of the Long Shadows wines have a different label, a different name, and a different winemaker. To make the best Merlot in Washington State, Allen Shoup employed the master of Merlot (Michel Rolland) and developed the Pedestal label. To make the best Cabernet Sauvignon-blend (inspired by Opus One and Joseph Phelps Insignia), Allen got Philippe Melka to create Pirouette. And to make the best Cabernet possible, he brought in one of the legends of the Napa Valley; he got Randy Dunn to make his Feather Cabernet!
Randy Dunn first appeared on the winemaking map in 1975, when he took on a job at Caymus Vineyards, and had become their winemaker by 1976. With the 1979 vintage, Randy would release his first bottling of Dunn Vineyards. He purchased property on Howell Mountain, overlooking the Napa Valley, and his Dunn wines are known for their power, structure, and ability to age for several decades. To this day, the Dunn wines are highly sought after by collectors.
Washington's Wahluke Slope and Horse Heaven Hills produce some of the state's finest Cabs. Cabernet grown here accentuates the varietal character of the grape and contributes to the wine's silky texture. The 2018 Feather is equal parts Weinbau Vineyard Cabernet (Wahluke), a site that yields dark fruit with plenty of structure, and Wallula Vineyard Cabernet (Horse Heaven Hills). Grapes were picked by hand, and to help the wine develop optimal structure and extract concentrated color and flavor, the cap was pumped over vigorously at peak fermentation. When ready for barrel, the wine was aged 22 months in all French oak barrels, 90% new. This percentage of new oak is typically reserved for wines that sell for 2x-4x times this price.
It can often be hard for critics to agree on something, but they do on this wine. The 2018 Feather Cabernet received 95 points from two respected publications; Jeb Dunnuck, and Antonio Galloni's Vinous Media! Jeb calls this a "seamless Cabernet with a wonderful sense of purity", while Vinous calls this "outstanding"! Either way you look at it, this is a Cabernet that will make you take note of the triumphs of Washington State Cabernet!
ANTONIO GALLONI'S VINOUS MEDIA 95 POINTS - "The 100% Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Feather is a special project wine between Gilles Nicault and Randy Dunn of Dunn Vineyards. Aged for 22 months in all French oak barrels (90% new), it shows beautiful toasty oak alongside dark chocolate, Turkish coffee, and tobacco leaf that all meld in the glass. The palate is dense and concentrated, delivering tons of black fruits that collide with minerals, menthol, scorched earth and salty undertones, and displaying beautiful length. This outstanding wine is really young right now and will benefit from another year or two in the bottle."
JEB DUNNUCK 95 POINTS - " The classic 2018 Feather (100% Cabernet Sauvignon) comes from the Weinbau and Wallula Vineyards and spent 22 months in 90% new French oak. It has a wonderfully pure nose of crème de cassis, new saddle leather, dried flowers, and tobacco that carries to a medium to full-bodied, seamless Cabernet with a wonderful sense of purity, balance, and elegance, all while bringing plenty of fruit and structure. I actually like it today, yet it has enough tannins to benefit from 2-4 years of bottle age and should be long lived."