Saturday, March 10, 2007

Hitching Post and Long Meadow Ranch

Tonight we had two really good wines with dinner. We started with the Hartley Ostini Hitching Post 2004 Fiddlestix Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir. I have been drinking Pinots from Hitching Post for about 5 years now but this was my first time trying their Fiddlestix. Dark, dense ruby color in the glass. Jammy, ripe black berries and cherries with a hint of spice. A nice long finish. This is one of the most fruit forward Pinots that Hitching Post makes and I really enjoyed it. Only 220 cases made, you can find it on from $48.95.

The second bottle we open was the Long Meadow Ranch 2003 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Long Meadow Ranch is located in the Mayacamas Mountains high above the valley floor of Napa Valley. They not only produce wine, but also olive oil, grass-fed beef, eggs, organic vegetables etc. Visit their website to find out more.
The 2003 Cab has dark fruit and berries on the nose with some tobacco and tea.
On the plate the dark fruit is more restrained with some black currant, firm tannins and good amount of acidity. This wine is elegant in the fruit but still manages to be powerful. A really nice wine. Find it at from $37.99. A very fair price for such a good quality Napa Cab.

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