In recent years, French expat Gilles Nicault took control of this program from Armin Diel, the German responsible for the first wine ever released by Long Shadows back in 2004. Grapes from Sagemoor Farms and The Benches go into Poet’s Leap, and skillful balance is achieved within the profile of nectarine, white peach and Queen Anne cherries. Lime juice and river rock easily address the 1% residual sugar, and this should be thought of as dazzling dry. Award: Sommeliers Choice (double gold).
Rating: Platinum, 94 points
Production: 4,200 cases