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2016 Priest Ranch Mauser

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Our 2016 Mauser was handpicked, sorted, and fermented naturally, then aged for 24 months in 100% new French oak barrels. The lees stirred for the first year followed by three racking in the second year of aging. The wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered.  Only three barrels of this limited production Cabernet Sauvignon were produced.



The 2016 vintage was a classic, near-perfect growing season with warm days and cold nights. The mild summer and warm weather after verasion caused the fruit to develop with good balance, great flavors, bright acidity and mature, well-developed tannins. The Cabernet Sauvignon harvest for Mauser began on September 10th and ended on September 26th, slightly later than the valley floor.

Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
2016 is the third vintage of this limited production Cabernet Sauvignon - Mauser. This wine delivers scents of toast, green pepper, and blackcurrant on the nose. On the palate, there are hints of anise, blackberry, and roasted coffee bean. This highly balanced wine is rich in color and delivers velvety soft tannins on the finish.
Vineyard Notes
The historic Priest Ranch is now part of the Somerston Estate, a significant property totaling 1,615 acres, with 222 acres planted to hillside vineyards. Dramatic elevations of the vineyards define and distinguish the estate, ranging from 800 ft to 2,400 ft above sea level. In 2016, the grapes for this wine were selected from the hillside Blocks 56, 58, 136, C1P & C2P.
Wine Specs
Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley
Vineyard Designation
Somerston Estate
Harvest Date
09/10/15 through 09/26/15
24 months in 100% new French oak barrels
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