Recently, a handful of Washington State’s wine pioneers have converged on a single project; a new winery with familiar faces called Den Hoed. It should come as no surprise to learn that long time Washington wine mogul Allen Shoop is involved; the founder of Longshadows Vintners where he brings together several of the world’s leading winemakers, Shoop is no stranger to high profile collaboratives. Conspiring with Shoop on this project is Longshadows winemaker, and his own right hand man in a way, Gilles Nicault.
Nicault, along with Rob Newsom owner/winemaker of Boudreaux Cellars, are serving as winemakers, each of them making his own wine. Nicault makes Den Hoed’s Andreas, which is their single varietal, single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. Meanwhile, Newsom makes the Marie’s View; a single vineyard Bordeaux style blend, add Sangiovese. Both wines are produced exlusively using fruit from the Wallula Vineyard, and the vineyard owners Andy & Bill Den Hoed make up the final part of this collabertive.
Thus far, the scores have matched their ambitions, with the inaugural 2006 Andreas scoring 94 points from Wine Enthusiast, and the Marie’s View recieving consequetive 92’s on the 2005 and 2006 from Wine Enthusiast and Wine Advocate, respectively.