The nose has layers of amazingly rich fruit, cedar, anise and dried violets.
On the palate,
the mouthfeel is powerful, but not overpowering; the mouthfilling texture is
balanced by silkiness and softness. At entry, there is a burst of sappy fruit (black
cherry, cassis, dried raspberries) accompanied by subtle, well knit layers of dried
botanicals (cola, black pepper and juniper berries). The finish is persistent and the
last impression is youthful, rich fruit.
This 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.
The E.J. Church blend typically possesses exceptional power, fruit concentration
and age worthy youthfulness and the 2009 vintage is no exception
Aged in new and used (50/50) French oak by Seguin Moreau and Taransaud for
22 months. Medium Plus Toast.
Perfect with LMR grass-fed Highland beef, with lamb, or with roasted game.