Monday, May 19, 2014

Wine Tasting with Casey Flat Ranch

We are always happy to get an invitation to an online chat with Charles Communication Associates, as it usually means something that completely new to us. Have you ever hear of the Capay Valley? Casey Flat Ranch? Well, we guarantee you will.

Casey Flat Ranch Wines
"Casey Flat Ranch is based in the Capay Valley AVA, bordering the Vaca Mountains on the eastern side of Napa County (22 miles due east of St. Helena). The vineyard is defined by its award-winning Rhone and Bordeaux-style blends, stunningly rugged location, the purebred Longhorn cattle that roam the estate, and a rich homesteading heritage that dates back to California’s Gold Rush era. With its unique history and stunning high-elevation mountain vineyards, Casey Flat Ranch produces deep, concentrated wines that evoke the raw natural beauty of the land, aided by the earnest, discriminating and pioneering team behind each bottle.

The first vines were planted in 2004 and the vineyard is sustainably cultivated, using materials and farming techniques that emphasize water and soil conservation. The growing season brings warm days and cool nights, creating climate conditions similar to the St. Helena appellation, just 22 miles to the West. 

In addition to the vineyards, the family has maintained a Longhorn Cattle operation on the property for 11 years. Current estimates have the herd numbering between 140 and 170 head, with 30 to 40 heifers as annual replacement. Registered Bulls, purchased out of Texas from the Bass Brothers Ranch have been used as the basis for the line breeding program."
Tasting Notes

2013 Casey Flat Ranch Sauvignon Blanc
Pale yellow in color; melon, tropical, stone fruit and green apple aromas; mid-weight wine with good balance between sweetness and acidity; aromas mirrored by flavors in the wine; 693 cases produced; cork closure; 14.4% ABV; SRP $18.
2013 Casey Flat Ranch Viognier
Pale yellow color; stone fruit, touch of citrus, and floral aromas; more stone fruit and citrus flavors; medium weight, crisp finish; 220 cases produced; cork closure; 14.1% ABV; SRP $20.
2013 Casey Flat Ranch Syrah Rosé
100% Syrah; light pink color; strawberry, citrus, and bright red fruit aromas; flavors mirror the aromas; medium bodied into a crisp citrusy finish; 205 cases produced; cork closure; 14.1% ABV; SRP $18.
2010 Casey Flat Ranch Estate
44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Syrah, 19% Cabernet Franc, 4% Mourvedre; deep purple with ruby edges; herb, dark fruit, and forest aromas; black currant, olive, vanilla, and cedar flavors; nicely balanced but with some tannins for aging; 2,233 6-pack cases produced; cork closure; 14.8% ABV, SRP $35.
Thanks to Charles Communications and Casey Flat Ranch for an educational and tasty meet up -- check out the chat and video at Brandlive website!

About Charles Communications Associates: CCA is an independent creative marketing firm that employs traditional public relations and new media strategies to assist companies, organizations and non-profits in the creation, development and marketing of interesting and compelling brands. Recognized as one of the most effective PR firms in the wine industry, we have an exceptional track record of promoting products in the gourmet, natural and organic food and beverage categories, from wine and tea to top shelf spirits and luxury goods. We consider ourselves fortunate to work with clients who share our philosophy of social responsibility in work and everyday life. For more information, visit the CCA website.

These wines were provided for tasting purposes.

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