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Cymbal Sauvignon Blanc 2020

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750ML / 14.2% ABV
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750ML / 14.2% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Wonderfully vibrant and aromatic, with notes of lemongrass, passion fruit and a hint of honeysuckle. Flavors of mango, fresh herbs and white peach, come together seamlessly across a textured palate and lengthy finish.

Blend: 100% Sauvignon Blanc

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V 93
The 2020 is the third vintage of Sauvignon Blanc Cymbal, which includes old-vine Bacchus vineyard Sauvignon Blanc first planted in 1972. Aged in a combination of natural oak, concrete and stainless steel, this shows off pretty white flowers with green bell pepper and Japanese pear. Soft and generous, conveying good acidity and weight, it displays a gorgeous texture and rich mouthfeel. Layers of Pink Lady apple, white grapefruit water, honeydew melon and baking spices feature on the palate. Enjoy this beautiful wine over the next seven to nine years.
WS 92
Wine Spectator
A lovely white, delicate yet vibrant, with an array of lemongrass, lime and stony mineral flavors that finish on a vivid note.
WE 91
Wine Enthusiast
The aromas are quiet, with notes of herb and citrus. Plentiful tropical fruit and citrus flavors follow, while remaining deft. It lingers on the finish.
JS 91
James Suckling
An aromatic nose of fresh stone fruit and herbs. Medium-bodied with good depth and length. Stoney and energetic. Refreshing finish and a chalky mouth-feel.
JD 90
Jeb Dunnuck
The 2020 Sauvignon Blanc Cymbal is textbook stuff, with a Bordeaux Blanc-like style in its lemon curd, sappy herbs, and mineral-driven aromas and flavors. Nicely balanced and medium-bodied, with both richness and freshness...
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Cymbal, Washington
Cymbal Virtual Winery Tour Winery Video

Over the years, Gilles and Allen have experimented with small quantities of uniquely-styled wines for their personal and family enjoyment. A few of these wines became too good not to share with our “extended family”, including the Cymbal Sauvignon Blanc.

The cymbal provides an exclamation point in a musical arrangement just as we use it here to showcase winemaker Gilles Nicault's latest sensory ensemble. Cymbal is one of nine distinct wines from Long Shadows Vintners - a collection of ultra-premium wines, each built on the unique expertise of some of the world’s most knowledgeable winemakers to showcase the quality and caliber of Washington State’s Columbia Valley.

Since the beginning, Long Shadows' Director of Winemaking and Viticulture Gilles Nicault, has overseen the operations of the winery and worked closely with the vintners to bring each winemaker’s vision to completion. Internationally renowned winemakers Randy Dunn (Feather Cabernet Sauvignon); John Duval (Sequel Syrah); Philippe Melka (Pirouette Red Wine); and Michel Rolland (Pedestal Merlot) are active partners in their respective wines. Gilles now crafts Poet’s Leap Riesling and Saggi, a Sangiovese/Cabernet Sauvignon blend, in styles that remain true to their original winemakers, Armin Diel and Giovanni Folonari respectively. Gilles crafts Chester-Kidder, a Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah blend, independently.

Gilles works closely with the state’s top growers to execute a diverse winemaking protocol at Long Shadows’ state-of-the-art facility in Walla Walla to produce wines of exceptional quality, true to the Columbia Valley’s terroir.

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A large and geographically diverse AVA capable of producing a wide variety of wine styles, the Columbia Valley AVA is home to 99% of Washington state’s total vineyard area. A small section of the AVA even extends into northern Oregon!

Because of its size, it is necessarily divided into several distinctive sub-AVAs, including Walla Walla Valley and Yakima Valley—which are both further split into smaller, noteworthy appellations. A region this size will of course have varied microclimates, but on the whole it experiences extreme winters and long, hot, dry summers. Frost is a common risk during winter and spring. The towering Cascade mountain range creates a rain shadow, keeping the valley relatively rain-free throughout the entire year, necessitating irrigation from the Columbia River. The lack of humidity combined with sandy soils allows for vines to be grown on their own rootstock, as phylloxera is not a serious concern.

Red wines make up the majority of production in the Columbia Valley. Cabernet Sauvignon is the dominant variety here, where it produces wines with a pleasant balance of dark fruit and herbs. Wines made from Merlot are typically supple, with sweet red fruit and sometimes a hint of chocolate or mint. Syrah tends to be savory and Old-World-leaning, with a wide range of possible fruit flavors and plenty of spice. The most planted white varieties are Chardonnay and Riesling. These range in style from citrus and green apple dominant in cooler sites, to riper, fleshier wines with stone fruit flavors coming from the warmer vineyards.

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Capable of a vast array of styles, Sauvignon Blanc is a crisp, refreshing variety that equally reflects both terroir and varietal character. Though it can vary depending on where it is grown, a couple of commonalities always exist—namely, zesty acidity and intense aromatics. This variety is of French provenance. Somm Secret—Along with Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc is a proud parent of Cabernet Sauvignon. That green bell pepper aroma that all three varieties share is no coincidence—it comes from a high concentration of pyrazines (herbaceous aromatic compounds) inherent to each member of the family.

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