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Somerston Estate Priest Ranch
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2016 Priest Ranch Petit Verdot

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Our 2016 Petit Verdot | Block 100 was handpicked, sorted, and fermented naturally, then aged for 24 months in 30% new French oak barrels and 70% once-used French oak barrels.

Everything about the 2016 vintage was early, from bud break in early March to harvest. The near-perfect growing season saw ideal warm weather conditions throughout spring and summer days. Lighter than usual yield accelerated the start of the harvest that began in September.  The grapes for this wine were harvested on September 29th, 2016.

Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
This single block Petit Verdot was created with our members in mind. It's rich color and tannins make it ideal for blending, however, these two barrels were bottled unblinded to showcase the varietal and diversity of our estate. Hints of blueberry, blackberry, and plum shine through on this full-bodied, tannic wine.
Vineyard Notes
The historic Priest Ranch is now part of the Somerston Estate, a significant property totaling 1,682 acres, with 222 acres planted to hillside vineyards. Dramatic elevations of the vineyards define and distinguish the estate, ranging from 800 ft to 1,615 ft above sea level. In 2015, the grapes for this wine were chosen from three separate hillside blocks. The final blend was 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Petit Verdot, and 20% Malbec.
47 cases produced
Wine Specs
Petit Verdot
Napa Valley
Vineyard Designation
Somerston Estate
Harvest Date
Harvested fruit on Oct 10th
24 months in 50% new French Oak, 50% once used French oak barrels
Bottling Date
January 16, 2019
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