Rangeland News November 2022
Contents: Peak Rangeland, Wine Specials, Wreath Workshop, Sunset of the Lambs
Rangeland Scores Again
Several of our 2019 wines were recently reviewed by Wine Enthusiast's Matt Kettman for their December issue. The eye popping results confirm what our customers have known for a long time: Rangeland is making one of the finest lineups of estate wines anywhere at any price. These across-the-board results are a tribute to the noble terroir of our Adelaida Springs Ranch estate vineyard (which we planted in 2002) and to the deft hand of our departed winemaker Paul Hinschberger, who left for Oregon in 2021. Thanks Paul! And thanks to my family and team members over the years who made these beautiful wines possible. Viz:
- 95 2019 Limestone Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, $55
- 93 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, $45
- 93 2019 Shepherd Rhône-style Red Blend, $45
- 93 2019 Watershed Bordeaux-style Red Blend, $45
- 92 2019 Mistletoe Red Blend, $35
- 91 2019 Ultramafic Reserve Merlot, $45
All of these wines are available to Rangeland club members for under $50 per bottle and most are under $40, compared to $75-$200+ for similar wines. Buy Rangeland wines by the case now while you can at these prices. Set some aside for a decade or more of enjoyment. Our wines are all Paso-fruit-forward, easy to drink but with ample power. They are refreshingly food-friendly with acidity from our limestone soils. They all carry wild notes of savory and herbacious complexity that reflect our coastal mountain terroir.
Limestone Cab Vertical Special
One bottle each of Rangeland’s flagship wine from recent vintages; 3 bottles for $150:
- 2017 Limestone Reserve, library price $85
- 2018 Limestone Reserve, list price $55
- 2019 Limestone Reserve, 95 points, list price $55 From Wine Enthusiast: "Clean lines of pure black raspberry juice are spiced by lilac and white pepper on the refreshing nose of this bottling. That purity extends to the palate, which is loaded with acia, blueberry and violet flavors, proving focused and elegant."
$195 value. You save $45 and your club discount applies with shipping included. Order here.
Mistletoe Case Sale
Great for holiday gifts or for your wine fridge. A 12 bottle case of our 2019 Mistletoe for just $350 or $29.17 per bottle. You'll save $70 plus your club discount and shipping is included! Deep in garnet color, the 2019 Mistletoe evokes aromas of sage, lavender, and pomegranate/cranberries. The silky mid-palate precedes a lingering finish of baked spices and black cherry. Drink now or over the coming years. Pairs well with roasted meats and poultry. 92 Points WE. 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Syrah, 14% Merlot, 6% Malbec. Order here.
Wreath Workshop December 3
Lisa has been making Christmas wreaths from greenery on the ranch since we moved here in 2001. Past workshops with friends and customers were a hit. She's offering a wreath workshop in the barn at the tasting room on Saturday, December 3 from 10am-12pm. You'll learn how to make a wreath, enjoy snacks and beverages, and leave with beautiful handmade fresh wreath AND a bottle of 2019 Mistletoe! If this doesn't get you into the holiday spirit, we can't help you. Tickets are $60 (club discount applies.) Space is limited, so sign up now.
Adios a Los Borregos
We introduced sheep to Adelaida Springs Ranch and into our lives in 2011. For years they helped us graze and enrich the vineyard and many other pastures on the ranch and at our tasting room property. We have raised over one thousand lambs over the years but, due to multiple factors, we have decided to exit the sheep business. We are a small family enterprise that grows grapes, makes wine, raises cattle, processes meat, sells beef and hamburgers directly to our customers. In the end, the sheep were one responsibility too many. We'll miss their energetic antics and precious lambs. We proudly sold the wonderful meat through our Lamb Club and relished it in our home. But in these droughty and challenging times, the sheep cost us more than they contributed in both ecologic and economic terms. We have decided to concentrate on wine and cattle for now.
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