We were very pleased to learn this morning that the St. Helena Star had named our 2007 Ranch House Red as Wine of the Week. What a nice surprise for the Thanksgiving weekend! We very much appreciate the Star's suggestion to visit our tasting room, too.
For those of you receiving our This Week at Long Meadow Ranch newsletter, you knew that we were featuring the wine at our farm stand this week, too.
Previously, the Star had highlighted Ranch House Red on a list of "Best Picnic Wines under $25." So, now we have been upgraded to Thanksgiving dinner as well.
We love the local recognition. After all, the St. Helena Star has been "Published In The Heart of the Napa Valley since 1874."
Take a look: St. Helena Star Wine of the Week
The 2010 vintage is now "in the barn" and we are very pleased.
The winery crew is busily cleaning our crush equipment today as we prepare to return it to storage. All of our red wines were "pressed out" ten days ago (i.e., taken off the skins). And, we have already completed moving the reds into barrels in the cave to begin the aging process.
Our Sauvignon Blanc has already been racked (i.e., taken off the lees) several times and we are close to assembling the final blend for bottling. It is hard to believe that we started our harvest just twelve weeks ago with the first pick of Sauvgnon Blanc (on August 30th).
The season's weather was unusual with long periods of cool temperatures punctuated with two very sharp heat spikes. As is often the case during cool growing seasons, our grapes had the opportunity to fully develop deep, rich flavors. The first Fall rains did not come before we were completely harvested. While the heat caused some problems elsewhere, our vineyards were well protected and we did not suffer any significant problems, like sunburn or raisining. In most of our vineyards, we have never seen more beautiful fruit.
This harvest was our 17th vintage. We are very pleased with the early results.