Long Shadows Feather Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
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|Region||United States, Washington, Columbia Valley|
Currently still tight, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Feather has classic Cabernet aromas of blackberry, dark cherry, currant and cassis, plus notes of graphite, pencil shavings and seductive oak tones. Full-bodied, the wine is both juicy and rigid and will need time to settle. The palate is focused and precise, showing an aesthetic frame of fruits before moving toward a compact mid-palate with spices and gripping tannins, ending with a long and thoughtful finish. I recommend cellaring this for a few years. The wine will age for a couple of decades, so be patient. Randy Dunn, ladies and gentlemen! Wow!
I always love this wine, and the 2017 Feather is no exception. Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and brought up in 88% new French oak, it has loads of black fruits, dark chocolate, graphite, and charcoal aromatics as well as a full-bodied, concentrated, backward style on the palate. It's terrific, but don't open bottles for at least another 3-4 years.
Bright ruby-red. Musky scents of cassis, black raspberry, dark chocolate, menthol and sexy oak, plus hints of graphite and soil. Plush, fine-grained and sweet on entry, then energized in the mid-palate by a floral quality. This suave but youthfully backward wine is savory as much as sweet, with substantial dusty tannins arriving early and cutting off the fruit today. But this 100% Cabernet Sauvignon has the energy and intensity for a graceful evolution in bottle. It may be a bit less dense than the '16, a wine whose likely aging curve I may have underestimated, but it offers lovely pliancy and floral lift. My sample developed beautifully with 24 hours in the recorked bottle, with the tannins showing more suavity and a finishing note of bitter chocolate contributing sweetness. Lay this one down.