2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation Napa Valley
Aging Aged in new and used (50/50) French oak
Alcohol % 13.5
Wine Enthusiast 93
Tasting Notes ”The timing and duration of the 2009 bloom, veraison and harvest were right on track, that is early enough for full maturation of tannins and late enough to avoid heat insults of high summer. However, there is nothing average about the outcome in the finished wines of the vintage. Since the late part of the growing season was mild yet warm enough, this Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon benefited from many, many grape picks spanning more than a month while we moved selectively around the Rutherford Bench and the western hills above Rutherford. The aromas exude blackberry compote, black cherry, toasted brioche and hints of dark roasted coffee beans, fruity olives and toffee. The feel on the palate is rich and round on entry, but quickly opens and sweetens to offer sappy black cherry and sophisticated juiciness. The fruit sweetness and pleasing structure persist to the finish, accompanied by layers of vanilla, roasted hazelnuts and well integrated, other mouthwatering black fruits. Enjoy the personality of Long Meadow Ranch and the growing season, which are expressed in equal measure in this Cabernet.” - Ashley Heisey
Ratings 93 Points, Editors' Choice - Wine Enthusiast, Dec 2012 "You’ll love the brightness and liveliness of this wonderfully drinkable Cabernet. Sometimes these rich wines can be heavy, but this one combines tartness with its elaborate blackberry jam, anise and cedar wood flavors, which makes it sing. Perfect now with a great steak, and should age well for up to eight years." - SH
Awards Saint Helena Star Wine of the Week, Oct 4th 2012 The very idea of knowing where your food comes from seems so basic and so right. It is hard for me to explain, then, why it was not until a few years ago that I started to be concerned with exactly what was in the food packages I was buying, or how that food came to be. Several documentaries and books later, I continue to change the way I shop and eat. Long Meadow Ranch has become a feel-good place to me in that the Hall family sustainably and organically cares for everything on their farm. All crops are certified organic and grown without herbicides, pesticides or chemical fertilizers. In tasting the winery’s 2009 Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon ($47), I was hoping the wine would be as wonderful as their farming efforts. It certainly is. It has the rich fruit and sweet baking spices you might expect from a Napa cab, but it also has a lively lift of acidity. This is a great wine for steaks, pork tenderloin stuffed with figs, beef stew or grilled swordfish. — Catherine Seda is the Star's tasting panel writer.
Vineyard Notes The weather in 2009 brought below average rainfall for the Napa Valley. However, we did receive 2 inches of rain in the first two weeks of May which provided sufficient soil moisture for our vineyards. The weather then turned warm and breezy causing many set issues among red varieties around the valley, but not at Long Meadow Ranch. We had a mild summer with slightly below average temperatures, no longer prolong heat spikes and less morning fog than usual. We harvested early and were pleased with the physiologically ripe grapes at moderate sugars allowing us to make a fully flavored wine at lower alcohol.
Production Notes 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 2% Petite Sirah
Food Pairing Notes Perfect with LMR Grass-fed Highland beef, with lamb, or with roasted game.