Priest Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon was aged 22 months in 40% new French oak and 60% once used French oak barrels. The lees were stirred for the first year, followed by three racking in the second year of aging. The wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Everything about the 2016 vintage was early, from bud break in early March through harvest. The near-perfect growing season saw ideal warm weather conditions throughout spring and summer days. Lighter than usual yield accelerated the start of harvest that began in September. We began to pick fruit from the 24 blocks used to produce this wine on September 28th and were completed by October 27th.