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Greatest Grapes

Aug 07, 2009
By Drew Stoga


 Chris Hall
Long Meadow Ranch’s Chris Hall. Photos by Jason Joseffer

Long Meadow Ranch’s national sales manager, Chris Hall, describes his three favorite vintages from his Napa Valley winery:


1996 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)

*received a score of 92 from Wine Enthusiast magazine

“The 1996 Cabernet Sauvignon evolved beautifully since its debut release in 1999. The floral perfume in the nose ‘knocks me out’ with its bouquet of dried flowers and hints of violets. The red and black fruit flavors remain, especially the black cherries and blueberries, but the wine is now quite resolved with soft tannins and a silkiness in the mouth. The moderate alcohol and snappy acidity make this claret-like wine a perfect accompaniment to fine food.”



1999 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)Long Meadow Ranch's winery

“The 1999 Cabernet Sauvignon is yet another fine example of the vineyard’s distinctive black and red fruit flavors. The prominent aromas suggest blackberries and chocolate-covered cherries. Fruity, with tart balance, the wine is viscous and thick—almost unctuous. Tannins are fully ripe and the red fruit flavors suggest cherries and plums. The deep red color makes this a beautiful wine in the glass and the exceedingly long finish allows you to savor its flavors.”



2005 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)

”Purity of varietal expression and start-to-finish balance make this cabernet an exceptional choice for tonight’s dinner or aging in the cellar. The nose exemplifies vibrant notes of blackberry, black cherry, cedar and floral black tea. The enjoyable earthiness of the wine is part varietal, part terrior. The style is reminiscent of the finest European cabernets, but the concentrated fruit and full, ripe tannins reflect LMR’s terrior. This wine will complement, without dominating, a full range of dining experiences.”


For more from Chris Hall, read FLYP’s full story on the organic-certified Long Meadow Ranch.

Long Meadow Ranch's winery

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