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Somerston Estate Priest Ranch
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2019 Priest Ranch Merlot

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HARVEST NOTES | 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 helps to preserve freshness and finesse in the fruit with sufficient hang time teasing out a great color, structure, and soft tannins. 

WINEMAKING  | The fruit for this wine was handpicked, sorted, and fermented naturally, then aged for 26 months in 50% new French oak barrels. 

Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
The 2019 Block 4 Merlot is dark-colored and medium-bodied with a perfect amount of tannins. This beautiful wine offers generous black cherry, berry, and plummy fruitiness, a chocolatey center, and finishes with an incredible vanilla spiced depth. A crowd-pleasing Merlot, this will age well if you can hold on to it, or it can easily be enjoyed with or without your favorite foods.
Wine Specs
Napa Valley
Vineyard Designation
Somerston Estate
Harvest Date
Harvested fruit on Oct 18th
26 months in 50% new french oak and 50% once used french oak
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