Wine of the Week: 2018 Long Meadow Ranch Sauvignon Blanc, Rutherford, Napa Valley
Long Meadow Ranch is a multi-faceted operation with Napa Valley vineyards and the highly acclaimed Rutherford Estate. (Rutherford is a Napa Valley AVA known for world class Cabernet Sauvignon.) They also have a restaurant called The Farmstead where Napa residents and tourists alike enjoy produce and beef straight form the winery’s farm and ranch.
Long Meadow Ranch represents both Napa and Mendocino
Long Meadow Ranch did not just stop at creating wines from Napa. The winery invested heavily into the Anderson Valley for a range of Pinot Noirs and an incredibly expressive Rose of Pinot Noir.
With tasting rooms in both Napa and Mendocino Counties, a commitment to organics throughout all of their operations from grape growing to fruit and vegetable cultivation to raising longhorn cattle.
I tasted the full spectrum of Long Meadow Ranch wines during a virtual Zoom tasting, which included Pinot Noir, Cabernet, Rosé and their Sauvignon Blanc. I was thoroughly impressed by the scope of the entire line but the 2018 Long Meadow Ranch Sauvignon Blanc was the wine I earmarked for the upcoming season.
My review of the 2018 Sauvignon Blanc
The 2018 Long Meadow Ranch Sauvignon Blanc is a true Napa Valley value at $23. Made with grapes from the Rutherford AVA, the wine offers aromas of lemon zest and apricots, hints of kiwi and citrus blossom. On the palate, there’s fresh cut green grass. A long, slow growing period in 2018 allowed fruit to ripen evenly and create a wine that is the true expression of the grape variety.
Ready to buy Long Meadow Ranch Sauvignon Blanc? You can check Wine-Searcher to discover where it’s available near you.
Long Meadow Ranch is a winery I look forward to discovering more and can’t wait to get back to their restaurant and provisions store. In addition to wines, this farming-forward winery also offers olive oil, honey, jams and more. A true farm committed to sustainability smack in the Napa Valley with something for everyone.
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