Our reserve wine takes its name from E.J. Church, Long Meadow Ranch’s pioneering settler who acquired the property via a patent grant from President Ulysses S. Grant in 1872.
We have replanted the southwest-facing vineyards which E.J. Church established in the 1870’s. These mountain grown grapes, planted at 1300 feet elevation, develop deep fruit flavors and ripe tannins which are handcrafted into an elegant, balanced wine. Quite approachable now, this wine will continue to improve with 5 years or more of age.
“The 2008 vintage expresses the personality of the early growing season and the full potential of optimal fruit maturity. The EJ Church Cabernet Sauvignon possesses exceptional power, fruit concentration and age worthy youthfulness. The nose has layers of intense fruit (black cherry and dried plums), cocoa powder/mocha, anise and cedar. The impressions on the palate are a mix of
vibrant fruit, mouth filling tannins and beautiful structure. The harmony between the richness of the fruit and perfect balance of the acidity lingers through the long finish. You may enjoy the wine's youthful richness upon release or discover more layers of interest as the wine ages in your cellar, or both.” -Ashley Heisey
The 2008 harvest was a year of extremes. We entered the season with a 30 percent reduction of annual rainfall and frosty conditions through March and April. The summer continued to be cooler than average, with erratic temperatures through our Indian summer, resulting in low yields from small clusters and small grapes at moderate sugars. But, the cool weather also extended harvest which gave us longer hang time to produce high quality red wines with great balance and flavors.