Long Meadow Ranch Releases Its First Sauvignon Blanc
May 1 , 2006, Rutherford, CA
Napa Valley’s innovative Long Meadow Ranch announced today the release of its very first production of Sauvignon Blanc, the 2005 Long Meadow Ranch Sauvignon Blanc. The wine was made by Ashley Heisey at Long Meadow Ranch’s award-winning rammed earth facility in the Mayacamas Mountains high above the Napa Valley.
According to winemaker Heisey, the new wine displays a “brilliant straw color with aromas of floral melon, pineapple, young coconut, and stone fruits with layers of classic grassiness and sea spray. The wine has a juicy, round texture with natural, crisp acidity and a mouth-watering finish with gooseberry, kiwi and Fuji apple flavors.”
"We have been wanting to add a white wine to 'complete the table' when we present a meal prepared exclusively from our ranch. So, we tasted many Sauvignon Blanc wines in combination with a wide array of foods and chose a style that we think will be a very food-friendly wine - especially for our heirloom tomatoes." said co-owner Laddie Hall.
A portion of the juice was fermented in neutral French oak barrels with the balance tank-fermented. The wine underwent a five percent malolactic fermentation and was aged sur lies. The hand-crafted balance and low alcohol level (12.7 percent) make the 2005 Long Meadow Ranch Sauvignon Blanc a perfect complement to food - especially with garden fresh vegetables, seafood, and herbal dishes.
The Sauvignon Blanc grapes are from vineyards managed by Leeds & Pesch Vineyard Consulting located in the prestigious Rutherford grape-growing region, which is known for producing some of the world’s most highly sought-after Bordeaux-style wines.
Reinforcing the Long Meadow Ranch philosophy of creating wines to complement food, Chef Chris Shephard of Brennan's Restaurant, Houston says of the 2005 Long Meadow Ranch Sauvignon Blanc, "Classy, well balanced...with honeydew melon and tropical fruits, this wine can be beautifully paired with grilled seafood, goat cheese, or roast chicken...or even heirloom tomatoes drizzled with Prato Lungo, Long Meadow Ranch’s premium extra virgin olive oil."
"This release of Sauvignon Blanc is another component of our forward-looking strategy which was accelerated by the devastating warehouse fire last fall that destroyed our entire bottled wine inventory from vintages 1994 to 2002," said co-owner Ted Hall.
"We are committed to producing the finest wines, olive oils, and other healthful, flavorful foods for our customers' tables and to finding ways to directly reach our customers wherever we can. We are determined to turn the fire into an opportunity. Keep watching us closely!" added Hall.
The 2005 Long Meadow Ranch Sauvignon Blanc can be ordered directly from the winery at P.O. Box 477, Rutherford, California, 94573 (Toll-free: 877-627-2645), or through the website at www.longmeadowranch.com. (Wine is sold only to persons who are 21 years of age where permitted under applicable law.)
Retail price is $18 per 750ml bottle. Shipments begin on May 1, 2006.
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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