The Hall family along with Long Meadow Ranch artisans have a passion for farming, food, wine, and service. This is showcased through the wonderful Long Meadow Ranch Wines I recently tasted.
The vineyards are the backbone of Long Meadow Ranch and all of the vineyards equate to over 150 planted acres in Napa and Anderson Valley. The vines are farmed using organic practices certified by California Certified Organic Farmers. They grow Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Sangiovese,
Merlot, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. On top of the vineyards, they also have the oldest Olive Orchard in Napa and raise Highland Cattle too! They truly live by their motto, ” Excellence through responsible farming”.
Long Meadow Ranch is a combination of five properties, three of which are in Napa Valley, one in Anderson Valley, and one in West Marin. The wines are made by renowned winemaker Stéphane Vivier, who comes from Burgundy. Stéphane has worked in Pommard, Meursault, and Chassagne-Montrachet, where he now brings his skills to the Anderson Valley. This is an ideal location for his Burgundian style of winemaking. The fruit for the wines comes from the west end of the Anderson Valley, where the maritime influence is strong and grapes mature slowly and ripen to the peak of their varietal character.
The three wines that are newer releases, I enjoyed from this winery are perfect for your fall table. This is definitely due to their pair-ability with many fall ingredients. You can always find fresh food at the Farmer’s Market, so when you are thinking of having friends over for the weekend, be sure to grab a bottle of Long Meadow Ranch Chardonnay, Rosé, or Pinot Noir!
2016 Long Meadow Ranch Anderson Valley Chardonnay: This is a big chardonnay that is distinctly California. You will notice nice salinity and minerality with concentrated lemon and pear notes. This wine is a great match for Risotto, Grilled Corn, and Butternut Squash Ravioli! $40
2017 Long Meadow Ranch Rosé of Pinot Noir Anderson Valley: A top choice rosé for those who enjoy this wine year round! It’s elegant and floral with a pop of freshness that’s irresistible. There are nice strawberry and spice notes that linger and would easily pair well with roasted chicken, seared scallops, and flank steak! $25
2015 Long Meadow Ranch Pinot Noir Anderson Valley: This estate-grown Pinot Noir is a deep ruby-red color, with earth tones. On the nose, you will notice cherry and violet with some minerality. Its a complex and expressive wine, with fine tannins and a long finish. Mushrooms, duck breast, and quail work best with a wine like this! $40
If you’re seeking some new sustainable wines that are absolutely delicious and a steal price wise, I recommend Long Meadow Ranch. Their mission and passion you will taste in the wines, which are all extremely well balanced and high quality.