Casey Flat Ranch - located in the mountains of California’s Capay Valley in Yolo County - were featured in a virtual tasting event recently. PR firm Charles Communications staged the Twitter tasting, which you can search on Twitter at this hashtag: #CFRBrandLive. The event was also on a live video stream - archived here. Casey Flat Ranch Managing Partner Alison Garrett and winemaker Laura Barrett hosted, while those who joined in sipped and commented on four CFR wines: the 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, the 2013 Syrah Rosé, the 2012 Viognier and the 2011 CFR Estate Red Blend.
The vineyards of this historic longhorn cattle ranch are nestled 2,000 feet high in the Vaca mountains, overlooking the Capay Valley in Yolo County. The AVA - with Napa County bordering on the west - was formed in 2002. I am told that the high elevation produces terroir-driven wines, “serious, elegant wines, packed with fresh fruit and stunning minerality.” The wines will be covered individually on Now And Zin in the coming weeks.
The Capay Valley was settled in the 1850s, and vines were planted in the next decade. The grapes at Casey Flat Ranch were planted much more recently, in 2002 and 2008. Soil conditions at 2,000 feet on the ranch range from rocky to sandy, with a sandstone base. Temperatures are similar to northern St. Helena, with a swing of 40 degrees between daytime and night - suitable for Bordeaux and Rhône varieties.
Casey Flat Ranch utilizes sustainable vineyard practices and is home to a variety of wildlife, including 200 Texas Longhorn cattle.
Twitter users who participated in the tasting event did their homework before logging on. @wineandgoodfood found that “Viognier, Syrah, Cabernet, Cab Franc, and Tempranillo are among the grapes that dominate the Capay Valley AVA.” @WineJulia commented that “Casey Flat Ranch is totally off the grid! Solar powered - very cool” @MsPullThatCork let us know that “Sustainable farming practices a high priority at CFR. They're solar powered! “ After the event, @winethropology summed it up for us all: “Terrific line-up tonight - Informed consumers should definitely keep eyes peeled for this emerging wine”
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