This is a wine that successfully straddles the line between old world and new world: some of the herbal and acidic tones of a structured classic wine, along with more modern roundness and the fruitiness. The experience begins with an aroma of tropical flowers, herbs and minerals. This transforms seamlessly into the flavors on the palate: apricot and tropical fruits, a streak of minerality, and an essence of lively acidity that carries through into the finish.
SUSTAINABILITY: Rutherford is actually a ranch, where in addition to growing grapes the Hall family has fruits and vegetables, beehives and chickens. The land is farmed sustainably, with composting and solar power.
WHO: Long Meadow Ranch
WHAT: 100% sauvignon blanc
WHERE: Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
HOW MUCH: $21 (media sample)