Long Meadow Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon EJ Church Reserve Napa Valley 2017  - Last Bottle

Long Meadow Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon EJ Church Reserve Napa Valley 2017

Ok…remember that screaming LMR rosé deal from a few weeks back? We’re CRUSHING that today with a crazy deal on their best o’ the best cabernet sauvignon! This is one heck of a powerful, robust, and heart-warming RESERVE CAB!

Oh, BABY!!! Not just OVER two-thirds less than the winery — but the Long Meadow Ranch restaurant in St. Helena (Farmstead) slings this EXACT cab on the list for a full $260!!! Who’s ready for SAVINGS?!?! 

HUZZAH! Deep and moody, powerfully elegant, and velvety smooth, with that pristine mountain fruit acidity…did we just describe your new favorite Napa cab?! YES!!! It’s been on my radar for some time – as you might recall Farmstead is my local watering hole in St. Helena, owned by the same Hall family, and I’m always tempted to order a bottle of this (but something about their fabulous patio makes me opt for that rosé or a cocktail every time)! So RIGHT NOW was actually my first time tasting this beauty!!! Jaw…meet floor. I truly wasn’t expecting the sort of length, and complexity, and the sheer intensity of this – just bloody fantastic (oh, man, their Bloody Marys too)!! Right, the wine! Just a tiny, miniscule production, grown up at 1,100 feet on their stunning Mayacamas estate – you NEED some of this in your life!

So, who’s this E.J. guy, anyway? Welp, way back in 1872, President Ulysses S. Grant gave Civil War vet Elliott Joeseph Church 640 acres in the Mayacamas Mountains to farm…for FREE! (Ummm, Mr. President…I’d settle for 2 acres, pretty please?) Anywho, he planted grapes and olives, and all sorts of idyllic agricultural projects followed. The land eventually passed on to an SF-based couple that used it as a summer home, before Ted and Laddie Hall bought the site in 1989. They restored it to the grape-growing Shangri-la it was before – and this wine is the simply mind-bending result! Bright red fruits – some pretty pink raspberries and red cherries, with earthy undertones of black tea and forest duff – kicked up with exotic spices like cardamom, anise, and Malabar black pepper. Some lush and toasty oak notes give it just the right amount of polish – and a touch of woodsy cedar bark with the tiniest hint of minty evergreen. BIG? You bet – but never flashy, and the structured, silky tannins make this last FOREVER! It’s impressively age-worthy, but damned drinkable right now on this fine Sunday! 

We barely got enough to share, and $150 RESERVE Napa cabs that magically drop to a fever-dream price don’t come along everyday – even at Last Bottle! Don’t miss out…while it lasts!

Long Meadow Ranch organically farms 90 acres of vineyards throughout Napa Valley: 74 acres of sauvignon blanc, merlot, and cabernet sauvignon in Rutherford, and 16 acres of mountain vineyards on the Mayacamas Estate.

Technical Details

Country: United States
Region: California
Appellation: Napa Valley
Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Vineyard: LMR Mountain Estate Vineyard
Winemaker: Justin Carr
Farming: CCOF Organic Certified and Sustainable Practices
Aging/Cooperage: 18 months in 100% French oak (50% new oak and 50% neutral oak).
Alcohol: 13.5
Production: 591

About The Producer

Long Meadow Ranch, steeped in the rich history of the late 1800s, once flourished with vineyards, apple orchards, and olive groves until Prohibition brought farming to a halt. The property lay dormant, succumbing to encroaching forests until the Hall family's acquisition in 1989. With meticulous care, they revitalized the land, clearing abandoned olive trees and replanting vineyards and orchards, restoring it to its former glory and beyond.

Pairing Suggestions

Lamb rack with balsamic glaze

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