Tasting Notes: Cherry, Raspberry, Earth, Mineral
Long Meadow Ranch came into existence when President Ulysses S. Grant signed a land patent granting 640 acres to Civil War veteran E.J. Church. In the late 1800's the property thrived with vineyards, apple orchards, and olive groves, however, all agricultural activities fell dormant during prohibition. It was not until 1989, when the Hall family purchased the estate, that agricultural activity resumed. Today, the 650 acre estate is home once again to vineyards, orchards, olive trees as well as cattle and other produce.
The long 2015 growing season produced a vintage that shines in quality. After Spring struggles, the result was a small crop of extremely well-concentrated fruit that ripened fully and slowly. There's medium weight with moderate acidity here. The palate offers depth of flavor, a lot of minerality, and gorgeous fruit definition. Roasted Duck with Cherries and Rhubarb woiuld be an ideal match.