Long Shadows Vintners
Walla Walla Valley AVA
A collection of ultra-premium wines created by internationally acclaimed winemakers
Founded by Washington State’s wine pioneer Allen Shoup, Long Shadows Vintners is a collection of ultra-premium wines created by internationally acclaimed winemakers from the major wine regions of the world.
Each winemaker was brought to Washington’s Columbia Valley and asked to create a special wine from the region’s top vineyards – one that would showcase the viticultural excellence of the Columbia Valley while reflecting their own winemaking reputation from their native wine regions. Allen named the venture Long Shadows Vintners in tribute to this esteemed group of individuals who have helped shape the industry with their benchmark wines and wineries. Winemaker Michel Rolland was asked to partner with Long Shadows to craft a world-class Merlot for the Pedestal label.
Rolland is considered by many to be one of the most influential winemakers in the world, consulting for over 100 vintners and vineyards on every continent and producing wines with an alluring style known as the “Rolland Method.” A graduate of the esteemed Bordeaux Faculty of Oenology, he lives in Pomerol, France where he also owns and manages a number of fine wine estates.
For the Pedestal Merlot, Michel Rolland carefully selected two vineyards near Red Mountain in Washington’s Columbia Valley. Here, the Merlot fruit consistently creates wines with bold, rich flavors and a savory, smooth palate. Since the first vintage in 2003, Michel Rolland has contributed his winemaking expertise to the Pedestal Merlot and has helped shape Long Shadows Vintners into the esteemed portfolio it’s recognized for today.