2020 Long Meadow Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon "Farmstead", Napa Valley, California, USA
ABOUT THIS WINE
95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot. Aged for 16 months in neutral French oak.
Serve with Grass-fed beef, lamb, or roasted game.
Ideal condition at the beginning of the growing season with mild temperatures led to an early budbreak. The below average rainfall resulted in smaller, evenly developed clusters with more concentrated flavors. The warm summer gave an early August harvest kickoff, where we had normal yields and exceptional fruit quality.
ABOUT THIS PRODUCER
In the late 1800’s, 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.
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.
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DIRECTOR OF WINEMAKING
As Winemaker responsible for the Farmstead wines, Lisanne Leask creates wines with culinary pairings in mind. Her winemaking is informed by her lifelong passions for cooking and gardening, and the innovative Long Meadow Ranch approach to farming and cuisine. Lisanne received her degree in Viticulture & Enology from the University of California, Davis, and honed her winemaking skills in the Napa Valley at Stags’ Leap Winery, Schramsberg, Miner Family Winery, and Rutherford Hill Winery. She also gained international experience at Grove Mill in New Zealand and Antinori’s Tenuta Tignanello in Italy. Lisanne lives in Napa with her husband, dog, cat, and five chickens.