Long Meadow Ranch Releases Its
1997 Vintage Cabernet Sauvignon
October 2000 Napa Valley, CA
Napa Valley’s innovative Long Meadow Ranch has announced the release of its mountain estate-grown 1997 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Following an ideal growing season characterized by plenty of winter rain plus an early budbreak and bloom, the fruit for the 1997 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon was crushed by winemaker, Cathy Corison, at Long Meadow Ranch’s AIA-award winning winery facility. Exhibiting the distinctive natural flavors produced by the 1100-foot high Mayacamas Mountains vineyard, this complex wine features blackberry jam, cedar and cassis flavors with firm, yet approachable, tannins.
"This wonderful vintage from the Long Meadow Ranch vineyard confirms that the wine reflects a truly distinctive terroir," said winemaker Corison. "The deep black cherry aromas and the blueberry and red plum fruit combine to create a clearly recognizable signature for this wine." Aged for two years in 100 percent French Oak from cooper Seguin Moreau with a touch of estate-grown Cabernet Franc (three percent) adding additional complexity, the wine seamlessly integrates oak and fruit and has an extraordinarily long, elegant finish. The handcrafted balance and pleasantly low alcohol level (13.2 percent) make the 1997 Cabernet a perfect complement to food. This is a very special wine ideal for drinking now and for laying away.
With only its second release, Long Meadow Ranch is rapidly gaining recognition among the elite producers of Cabernet Sauvignon in the Napa Valley. Long Meadow Ranch Winery was honored at the 2000 Napa Valley Wine Auction when the top bidder (who spent an astonishing $1.7 million) chose a six-liter bottle of the 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon as one of his five purchases. Long Meadow Ranch’s distinctive wine is already enjoying worldwide placement in a long list of awarding-winning restaurant cellars, including the Gidleigh Park Hotel in England; Four Seasons, Picholine, Café Daniel, and Aquavit in New York; Renaissance in Aspen; Boulevard, Jardiniere, and LuLu in San Francisco, and New York Grill in Tokyo.
Long Meadow Ranch has pioneered a distinctive approach to farming in the Napa Valley. With its motto, "Excellence through Responsible Farming," owners Ted and Laddie Hall have created an integrated, organic farming system that does not rely on the prevailing monoculture of grapes. "I truly believe that world class red wine can be made using simple, sustainable farming methods," said Ted Hall. "But, we are not only producing red wine that can be proudly poured with the world’s best, we are also producing olive oil, specialty beef, and organic vegetables in a highly responsible, economically viable fashion. Our wine reflects our philosophy of balance and our deep respect for the land."
Long Meadow Ranch 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon is available in limited supply at leading retailers and restaurants across California as well as in New York and London. Wine can be ordered directly from the winery at 1775 Whitehall Lane, St. Helena, California, 94574, (where permitted under applicable law) or through the website at www.longmeadowranch.com. Retail price is $55 per 750ml bottle and $120 per 1.5L bottle.
Shipped from the winery, 1997 Long Meadow Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon is available in for $385.00 per six-750ml bottle case or for $415.00 per three-1.5L bottle case, inclusive of shipping within California and applicable sales tax. Shipments will begin on October 15.
Contact: Monty J. Sander