2010 Cabernet Sauvignon E.J. Church Reserve
[Updated tasting notes, re-tasted 2/2/2021] "Its anticipated ageworthy grace has come to fruition. The color is still vibrant and deeply red like a black cherry compote. The nose exudes cherry, plum, vanilla bean and dried raspberry esters (still!). The round, enveloping palate structure is generous and structured. Notes of brown-buttered toast and tawny port accompany the beautiful aging fruit-centric presentation. Best to leave the bottle upright overnight before opening with an Ah So cork removal tool. Please consider serving without decanting, which allows the wine to open in the glass. You don't want to miss anything. Older vintages of EJ Church are best enjoyed in one sitting and do not tend to improve as partial volumes over several days as younger Cabernets do." — Ashley Heisey **********[Original tasting notes upon release] “The 2010 E.J. Church Cabernet Sauvignon shows off the personality of Long Meadow Ranch’s Mayacamas Estate terroir in a cool growing season. The grapes were harvested later in mid-October, which hasn’t happened since 2006. As a result of ripening during autumnal climate conditions, all of this Cabernet’s vibrant varietal character has been retained. The wine is incredibly youthful, so the layered black fruits open slowly in the glass. Its green and earthy notes include green peppercorns, anise, savory brine, and surrounding forest floor. On the palate, the tannins are sweet and coating, which lends incredible entry volume and persistence of layered flavors. Based on the positive evolution of the wine in the glass, this wine has tremendous aging potential.” — Ashley Heisey
The 2010 E. J. Church Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley expresses terroir, the personality of our vineyards in a cool growing season, and the positive effects of decades of winegrowing experience in the same place. The 2010 growing season was cool and late. Patience, confidence and hopefulness influenced the picking decisions that were later in the season than any others in Long Meadow Ranch’s history. We were rewarded with fruit that was ripe indeed and classically structured.