Long Meadow Ranch Boot Strap Napa Valley Chardonnay 2015
By Jonathan H. Newman*
Long Meadow Ranch 2015 Boot Strap Napa Valley Chardonnay
UNIT SIZE: 750.00 ml
COUNTRY: United States
REGION: Napa Valley
ALCOHOL CONTENT: 13.50%
REVIEWED: August 21, 2016
Long Meadow Ranch has quite the reputation in Napa Valley with their wonderful wines, their landmark tasting room in Rutherford, and the Farmstead restaurant. They are now building a very high-end hotel near the winery. Ultimately, the winery continues to build its reputation on the strength of their wonderful portfolio of wines. I recently met with winemaker and proprietor Chris Hall, who is very passionate about his winery and has accomplished so much since taking over the helm. Chris feels strongly about sustainable organic farming, and they own the adjacent Farmstead restaurant - a mainstay on Napa’s Route 29 known for fresh, organic food. The Long Meadow Ranch Estate in Rutherford is part of the original land grant from President Ulysses S. Grant, and was acquired by the family in 1989. The 2015 LMR Boot Strap, from the southern part of Napa Valley, is a well-crafted tiny production Chardonnay with concentrated, bright fruit. With a distinguished, silky mouth feel and nicely chiseled fruit, including pear, tangerine, and white peach, alongside touches of white floral notes, brioche almond and lemon zest, this easy drinking Chardonnay has good personality and character, and a clean finish. Pair with sea bass, trout almandine, Asian cuisine, shrimp scampi, or chicken in a light mushroom sauce.
By Long Meadow Ranch
2015 BOOT STRAP Napa Valley Chardonnay
Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Fermentation: Primary in stainless steel. Secondary in neutral French oak.
Aging: 6 months neutral French oak
“Our 2015 Chardonnay is sourced from a vineyard in the southern part of the Napa Valley, close to the cooling influences of the San Pablo Bay. Primary fermentation in stainless steel followed by malolactic fermentation in primarily neutral oak barrels allows the classic texture of this varietal to shine while preserving the wines natural acidity. Aromatics of meyer lemon, candied orange peel, white flowers and oyster shell marry with a fleshy, well-textured palate."
An early bud break, one of the longest flowering periods in years, and a long growing season produced a vintage that shines in quality. Spring started fast and an early bloom was met with a dip in temperature, wind and rains, which slowed the development and reduced yields. The result was a small crop of extremely well-concentrated fruit that ripened fully and slowly.
Perfect with lacinato kale salad with chile pequin, lemon dressing, toasted parmesan, summer BBQ beef, lamb, or roasted game.
*Jonathan Newman was Wine Enthusiasts’ Man of the Year. He also was Chairman of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, and received national recognition in Marvin Shanken’s Market Watch Magazine and many other international wine publications. He was also awarded the Guild of Sommeliers highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award. Mr. Newman's reviews have been published and quoted extensively online and in print. He travels extensively to many of the major wine growing regions and evaluates many of the wines we source from smaller and boutique wineries. We interact closely with him and the result is his rejection rate of over 96% of the wines evaluated.