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.
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 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.
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.
Aged in new and used (50/50) French oak by Seguin Moreau and Taransaud for 22 months. Medium Plus Toast.