Long Meadow Ranch Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley, Rutherford Estate 2018

Pale straw color; lemon, citrus on the nose; lemon-lime, green apple, peach, grapefruit, apricot, honeydew melon, cut grass on the palate.

Long Meadow Ranch Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley, Rutherford Estate 2018

Dry; good acidity; no tannins. Precise and clean. Delightful fruit—the juice experienced no wood. Slow and cold fermentation contributes to preserve aromas and highlight the fruit flavors. Lively, smooth, and juicy. Light body. Uncomplicated, but there are layers of flavors here. This is driven by the quality fruit. Short finish. 13% ABV

Long Meadow Ranch is a collection of five properties: three in Napa Valley, one in Anderson Valley, and one in West Marin. The operation is owned by Ted, Laddie, and Christopher Hall. They employ an integrated, organic farming system, using simple, sustainable methods. Each part of the ranch contributes to the health of the whole. Vineyards and wine making, olive orchards and olive oil making, cattle and horse breeding all work in complementary fashion, as do the egg-laying poultry flock and the organic vegetable gardens. All crops are certified organic by California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) and are grown without the use of herbicides, pesticides, or chemical fertilizers.

According to the website: “In the late 1800s, the majestic Long Meadow Ranch property thrived with vineyards, apple orchards, olive groves, hay and a goat milk dairy until farming fell dormant during Prohibition. Over the following years, the property became swallowed by the encroaching forest until the Halls bought the property in 1989.

Chris Hall, Long Meadow Ranch

“The Hall family carefully breathed life back into the land, nurturing it back to its glory, and then some, by cutting back the abandoned olive trees and replanting the vineyards and apple orchards as you see them growing today. Home to the Mayacamas Estate, the rugged 650-acre landscape nestled in the foothills of the Mayacamas Mountains also gave way to a long, sweeping meadow, thus the name Long Meadow Ranch was born.”

Today, Long Meadow Ranch farms includes three counties with more than 2,000 acres of grapes, olives, fruits, vegetables, and pasture land. Their vision: “To be a family-owned producer and purveyor of world-class wine and food that is economically successful and socially responsible using diversified, sustainable, and organic farming methods.” Their motto: “Excellence through Responsible Farming.”

Long Meadow Ranch Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley, Rutherford Estate 2018 is light, vibrant, refreshing. Pure emphasis on the fruit. Very clean. Simple and straightforward, letting Rutherford sauv blanc speak for itself. Works by itself well chilled on a warm day outdoors. Pair with oysters; steamed clams and mussels; crab; lighter fish; boiled shrimp; basil pesto pasta; garden salads with fruit elements; lighter vegetarian fare, including grilled veggies; goat cheese and soft cheeses in general. $18-23

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