Long Meadow Ranch Releases 2003 Vintage Cabernet Sauvignon
September 7 , 2006, Rutherford, CA
Napa Valley’s Long Meadow Ranch has released its mountain estate-grown 2003 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, the first in two years.
“We’re back!”, said Chris Hall, family-owner and National Sales Manager.
Long heralded by fans and critics alike, the Long Meadow Ranch signature Cabernet Sauvignon has been out of the market since the destruction of the winery’s bottled inventory in the devastating Wine Central Warehouse fire in October 2005. The 2002 vintage was being prepared for release at the time of the fire and was destroyed along with the entire 1994-2001 inventory and library. The 2003 vintage was still in barrels maturing in the Long Meadow Ranch cave.
The fruit for the 2003 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon was crushed September 23-30, 2003, by winemaker, Ashley Heisey, at Long Meadow Ranch’s award-winning winery facility. This complex wine exhibits the distinctive natural flavors produced by Long Meadow Ranch’s 1100-foot high vineyards atop the Mayacamas Mountains.
According to winemaker Heisey, the wine is “elegant with a deep garnet color - ‘Bordeaux-like’ - with tea, cedar, and ripe black fruit. Powerful tannins give a full-bodied mouth-feel and the wine finishes smoothly with complex earthiness, knitted with dark fruit .” Michael Chiarello, chef, author, Emmy award-winning TV host, and founder of NapaStyle, has described the wine as “balanced and elegant, reflecting unique flavors from LMR’s mountain vineyard; lovingly crafted as a food; perfect for meals with family and friends.”
Aged for 18 months in French oak from cooper Seguin Moreau – 50 percent new and 50 percent two-years old - the wine is a blend of 95 percent Cabernet Sauvignon and 5 percent estate-grown Cabernet Franc, adding additional complexity. The balanced wine seamlessly integrates oak and fruit and has a pleasantly moderate alcohol level (13.9 percent). “This Cabernet was created to complement food, not compete with it. Its pure, rich flavors enhance my dishes and linger in harmony,”says Alfred Portale, chef-owner of Gotham Bar & Grill in New York City.
The 2003 Long Meadow Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon is being offered at the accessible price of $39 per 750ml bottle and $85 per magnum.
Family-owner Ted Hall explains, “ We have taken advantage of recent events to reposition the pricing of our wines. As a producer of fine food, we have always sought to produce wines that would be consumed with family and friends. We have not sought to produce “trophy” wines - we like the idea of our customers enjoying our products and thinking of the experience as ‘everyday luxury.’”
Over the past year, with the confluence of the warehouse fire, maturing vineyards, new grape commitments, and the proven versatility of winemaker Ashley Heisey, Long Meadow Ranch has had the opportunity to expand from the initial offering of just one relatively expensive wine. There are now four wines that can bring Long Meadow Ranch to the table for almost any occasion, thereby making the idea of “everyday luxury” more of a reality.
Through the course of the last year Long Meadow Ranch has released a Sauvignon Blanc at $18 per bottle, the proprietary Ranch House Red at $19 per bottle, and Peter’s Vineyard Sangiovese at $29. In the spring of 2008, Long Meadow Ranch will release a fifth wine, the very limited production Cabernet Sauvignon from the Ranch’s historic Church Vineyard, in addition to an estate Grappa later this year.
Long Meadow Ranch continues to thrive through the success of both its LMR Corral Club, established in 2001, and the full-color 22-page “Wine, Food & Farm Adventures” consumer catalog released in the Spring of 2006. The LMR Corral Club partnership offers: special invitations for members-only events at the Ranch; the opportunity to purchase pre-release, limited production and large-format bottlings of wines; Long Meadow Ranch’s grass-fed beef; premium Prato Lungo and Napa Valley Select olive oils; and logo merchandise. The catalog which will be released again in the Fall of 2006 features all of the products available from Long Meadow Ranch.
Long Meadow Ranch has pioneered a distinctive approach to farming in the Napa Valley. With its motto, “Excellence through Responsible Farming,” owners Ted, Laddie, and Chris Hall have created an integrated, organic farming system that does not rely on the prevailing monoculture of grapes.
“As we have evolved from a producer of a single Cabernet Sauvignon wine to a multi-faceted producer of fine foods, we have been looking for the right moment to bring all of our products into alignment. The unexpected opportunity of the warehouse fire brought not only the introduction of our Sauvignon Blanc (previously, a project in progress) and the creation of our Grappa, but also the chance to revise our lineup in a way that really reinforces our mission to bring great food to great people at attractive prices - ‘everyday luxury’,” says Hall.
Long Meadow Ranch 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon is available in limited supply at leading retailers and restaurants across the United States and around the world. Wine can be ordered directly from the winery at P.O. Box 477, Rutherford, California, 94573, (where permitted under applicable law) or through the website at www.longmeadowranch.com. (Toll-free: 877-627-2645)
The 750ml bottles are available in both 12-bottle cases and 2-bottle packages, and the magnums are available singly. Retail price is $39 per 750ml bottle and $85 per 1.5L bottle. Futures orders will be adjusted accordingly.
Shipments will begin on September 15, 2006.
To be included on Long Meadow Ranch’s “Wine, Food & Farm Adventures” consumer catalog mailing list, please contact the Ranch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Long Meadow Ranch is an innovative organic farming operation - and purveyor of fine food - located high above the Napa Valley on the picturesque slopes of the Mayacamas Mountains where it produces extraordinary wines, extra virgin olive oil, grass-fed beef, eggs, and heirloom fruits and vegetables for Napa Valley's finest restaurants. Long Meadow Ranch produces ultra premium wines and extra virgin olive oils, under the Long Meadow Ranch Winery, Ranch House Red, Prato Lungo, and Napa Valley Select labels. Beyond the Napa Valley, America's top chefs have regularly featured Long Meadow Ranch wines and olive oils.
Long Meadow Ranch has been known as such since 1872 when it was established as an original "patent grant" ranch signed over by President Ulysses S. Grant. Having been home to a variety of uses during its long history, Long Meadow Ranch continues to grow and prosper through Ted, Laddie and Christopher Hall's stewardship.
The Halls continue to restore and preserve Napa Valley's oldest olive groves, as well as add new plantings of olive trees and vineyards. They have also brought cattle, poultry, and vegetables back into commercial production. Appaloosa horse breeding, along with an extensive composting operation, round out the integrated farming activities at the Ranch.
"Excellence through Responsible Farming" is the motto of Long Meadow Ranch, bolstered by the belief that world-class products can be produced using sustainable, organic farming methods. Long Meadow Ranch does not use herbicides or pesticides and its products are organically grown and certified by the California Certified Organic Farmers.
Contact: Chris Hall