2009 Long Meadow Ranch Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
You’ll love the brightness and liveliness of this wonderfully drinkable Cabernet. Sometimes these rich wines can be heavy, but this one combines tartness with its elaborate blackberry jam, anise and cedar wood flavors, which makes it sing. Perfect now with a great steak, and should age well for up to eight years.
A bit leaner in style and showing a distinct bent to fresh herbs, black tea and ripe cherries, this mid-sized offering earns recommendation by dint of proportion rather than extract and richness. It is a touch soft on entry but firms up nicely, and it never impresses as being an especially big wine. Still, it is structured for keeping, and we urge that you do so for five or six years.
Grapes were selectively harvested as clusters ripened from organically farmed estate vineyards around the Rutherford Bench and surrounding western hills of Napa Valley. The Cabernet Sauvignon was blended with 10% Merlot and 2% Petite Sirah and the wine was aged in 50% new French oak. From winemaker Ashley Heisey: "The aromas exude blackberry compote, black cherry, toasted brioche and hints of dark roasted coffee beans, fruity olives and toffee. The feel on the palate is rich and round on entry, but quickly opens and sweetens to offer sappy black cherry and sophisticated juiciness. The fruit sweetness and pleasing structure persist to the finish, accompanied by layers of vanilla, roasted hazelnuts and well integrated, other mouthwatering black fruits."