Long Meadow Ranch Winery Releases its 1998 Vintage
Cabernet Sauvignon and Introduces the "LMR Corral Club"
November 2001 Napa Valley, CA
Napa Valley’s innovative Long Meadow Ranch has announced the release of its mountain estate-grown 1998 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Taking full advantage of the sunny conditions of the south-facing 1100-foot high mountain vineyard in a year that challenged many growers, the fruit for the 1998 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon was crushed by winemaker, Cathy Corison, at Long Meadow Ranch’s AIA-award winning winery facility. This complex wine exhibits the distinctive natural flavors produced by the Mayacamas Mountains vineyard, featuring distinctive blackberry and deep black cherry fruit flavors, intensely sweet cassis aromas, creamy oak character, and a long finish.
In a pre-release tasting of 1998 California cabernet sauvignons, the United Kingdom's Wine Magazine rated this wine a "91 – intensely sweet cassis aromas, creamy oak. Fruit-driven flavours with considerable length. Concentrated."
"This third vintage from the Long Meadow Ranch vineyard confirms that the wine reflects a truly distinctive terroir," said winemaker Corison. "The deep black cherry blackberry flavors and the cassis aromas 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 (3 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 1998 Cabernet a perfect complement to food. This is a very special wine ideal for drinking now and for laying away.
Long Meadow Ranch is rapidly gaining recognition among the elite producers of Cabernet Sauvignon in the Napa Valley even though this is only their third release. Long Meadow Ranch’s distinctive wine is already enjoying worldwide placement in a long list of awarding-winning restaurant cellars, including Gidleigh Park Hotel, Le Caprice and The Ivy in England; Four Seasons, Lespinasse, Restaurant Daniel, and Montrachet in New York; Renaissance in Aspen; Boulevard, Rubicon, Jar-diniere, and Gary Danko in San Francisco; Eccho, Tru and Charlie Trotter’s in Chicago; and New York Grill, Tableaux and Kitano Garden in Tokyo.
With the 1998 vintage, Long Meadow Ranch has also announced the formation of the LMR Corral Club, an innovative consumer partnership that offers special invitations for members-only events at the Ranch, the opportunity to purchase limited production, library and large-format bottlings, plus the option to buy pre-release wines and premium Prato Lungo and Napa Valley Select olive oils.
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 1998 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 1775 Whitehall Lane, St. Helena, California, 94574, (where permitted under applicable law) or through the website at www.longmeadowranch.com. Retail price is $57.50 per 750ml bottle and $125 per 1.5L bottle.
Shipped from the winery, 1998 Long Meadow Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon is available for $400 per six-750ml bottle case or for $435 per three-1.5L bottle case, inclusive of shipping within California and applicable sales tax. Shipments will begin on November 1, 2001.
Contact: Monty J. Sander