92 Insider Points
91 Points – Wine Enthusiast
“Aged entirely in stainless steel, this slightly tropical, very pretty wine is inviting on the nose and palate. Pure, crisp and focused, it shows softly crafted layers of lemon and vanilla that provide a lushness on the finish.” - Wine Enthusiast
Napa Valley, California
$0 SHIPPING Selection (6+/btls)
Don’t let the name fool you, there is nothing holier than thou in this bottle. Our tasting panel nodded in unison to Wine Enthusiast’s “pure, crisp and focused” assessment of this dangerously delectable Napa Sauv Blanc. It’s a strong reminder of what made Napa great in the first place: legendary soils, climate, and talent with classic grapes. Not to mention Bordeaux-like Sauv Blancs that define the sort of bottle you’ll want to have time and time again.
Why we love it:
- The hyper special selection for Priest Ranch’s Sauv Blanc lead to 3 specific blocks (71, 123, and 124 for the curious) with in their estate vineyards. The fruit from these 850 – 900-foot elevation spots was hand selected to represent the beauty of the land, the season, and the (most importantly) the fruit.
- The Ranch, as its lovingly called, is 280 acres of vines 0n 1,700 acres of gorgeous Yountville land. The fruit is so distinctive and gorgeous that these vines supplied such notables as Heidi Barrett, David Ramey, Caymus, and Viader with grapes for their illustrious labels for 30 years.
- Craig Becker certainly knows what he’s doing with such famed fruit. He got his start at Spring Mountain Vineyard where he took on the winemaker’s mantel in less than 9 months. Since then, he’s taken then helm of Peacock, Dierberg, and Star Lane vineyards. Now, over 20 vintages later, he masterfully guides the winemaking for Somerston and Priest Ranch.
This 2014 Sauvignon Blanc displays plenty of melon, fig and grapefruit notes along with some quince. It has zesty acidity and a fresh, lively mouthfeel with no obvious oak.
Priest Ranch wines are grown and made at the Somerston Estate in the Eastern Hills of Napa Valley. The eastern part of the Somerston property was originally settled by Joshua James Priest who arrived in California in 1849. Priest gained title to 638 acres of the Catacula land grant in Soda Valley and he and his descendants managed to hold on to most of the ranch for over a century. Today, all the Priest Ranch wines are 100% Estate Grown and made from selected vineyard blocks that express integrated and intensely rich, yet approachable qualities. Priest Ranch wines represent the diversity and richness of the Somerston Estate.
This wine pairs well with grilled fish, roast chicken, cold cuts and sliced cheeses.