Long Now Wine Gets High Marks

Posted on Thursday, November 13th, 02008 by Austin Brown
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Long Now’s eponymous red wine by the Pelissero winery was recently reviewed by Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.  Both the 2005 and 2006 vintages received “outstanding” ratings of 92.

Antonio Galloni says,

The 2005 Long Now possesses awesome richness, nuance and detail. A blend of Nebbiolo and Barbera, it sweeps across the palate with tons of dense, layered fruit. The wine’s considerable richness covers the tannins nicely, but there is plenty of structure underneath. This is a gem from Giorgio Pelissero.  Anticipated maturity: 2010-2018.


The estate’s 2006 Long Now (Nebbiolo, Barbera) is a massive, powerful wine. With some time in the glass its voluptuous dark fruit gradually comes forward, enhanced by overtones of minerals, spices, toasted oak and menthol. This remains a very reticent, brooding wine in need of several years of bottle age, yet it is very promising.  Anticipated maturity: 2011-2021.

The Pelissero winery is a 3rd generation winery in the Piedmont area of Italy that has been growing wine grapes for several millennia.  They are traditionally known for their Nebbiolo and Barbera grapes.  The Long Now wine is their first blend of the two grapes, and we were honored that they named it after our project.  The labels are printed with archival inks on acid free paper and the corks are flame marked “Long Now”.

Pelissero’s Long Now wine can be purchased at various online wine merchants such as Vinfolio or International Cellar.  The Long Now Store page lists outlets in California carrying the wine.  Some of the older vintages have received similar ratings and recent in house tests here at Long Now confirm they are maturing wonderfully :)

  • I opened a bottle of this the other day. It was wonderful!

  • Davide Bocelli

    Pelissero’s bottles are really made with love. That’s the secret!

  • Robert

    Oh, whew! I was afraid the maturity was going to be more like 12010 – 12018. I’m looking forward to tasting it.

  • Might I suggest that a case of Long Now Wine is added to the contents of the 10,000 year clock cave. With the idea that a bottle be opened for a toast at each millennium anniversary.

    Perhaps you will set a new record for the Worlds Oldest Bottle of Wine. Of course you will need to wait at least 1700 years in order to take the prize from the current record holder.

    ‘Unearthed during excavation for building a house in a vineyard near the town of Speyer, Germany, it was inside one of two Roman stone sarcophaguses that were dug up. The bottle dates from approximately 325 A.D. and was found in 1867.’

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