Long Meadow Ranch Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2018
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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 they grow today.
Located in the west or “deep end” of the Anderson Valley in Mendocino County, approximately 2.5 hours north of San Francisco, LMR's Anderson Valley Estate has 69 acres planted to Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. With the Navarro River to the southwest and its close proximity to the Pacific Ocean, the Estate has a natural marine layer that blankets the vineyards and creates terroir ideal for our estate-grown Burgundian varietals to mature slowly and ripen to the peak of their varietal character.
VINTAGE: This season will be remembered as a colder and slower one in Anderson Valley, producing wines with profound elegance and delicacies. Bud break started about a month later than the last 5 vintages, and at a date recognized as being more in line with the historical averages. A mild spring allowed for a nice crop set and it was followed with a “cold” summer for Northern California standard.
WINEMAKING: Joining Long Meadow Ranch from the famed Californian producer Hyde de Villane, Stephane Vivier is the winemaker in charge of LMR's Anderson Valley estate. The Anderson Valley Pinot Noir spends 11 months in 25% new French oak, 75% neutral French oak.
TATING NOTES: “The nose of this wine is intense with mixed notes of violet, rose, and black cherry. Blends of gentle spice, red fruit, and floral components harmonize on the palate and are followed by a long and energetic finish. Mineral notes on the mid-palate show balance and freshness making this wine one of the best that Anderson Valley has to offer.” – Stéphane Vivier, Winemaker