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2019 Priest Ranch Malbec

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Our 2019 Malbec | Block 81 was handpicked, sorted, and fermented naturally, then aged for 24 months in 40% new French oak barrels and 60% once-used French oak barrels.


The beginning of the 2019 growing season was defined by copious rainfall and late soil moisture, followed by a warm summer. We saw very few extreme heat events, with foggy mornings setting the stage for vibrant and expressive wines. The long, relatively mild finish to the season helped to preserve freshness and finesse in the fruit with sufficient hang time teasing out a great color, structure, and soft tannins. 


This single-blocked sourced wine is immense and powerful with notes of dark chocolate, black pepper, espresso, and warm spices. A symphony of flavors showcases the unique attributes of the remarkable terroir that this wine comes from. The palate is rich with flavors of blackberries, dark plums and just a touch of vanilla and spice. The velvety tannins provide an elegant structure that carries the fruit to a long, gratifying finish.

Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Our 2019 Block 81 Malbec is complex with deep aromas of dried dates, bing cherries, and a pop of quince. On the palate, this approachable, bouncy wine has flavors of raspberry, mocha, and a zippy finish of black pepper and molasses.
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 2019, the grapes for this wine were chosen from hillside Block 81.
Wine Specs
Napa Valley
Vineyard Designation
Somerston Estate
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