Fruit from the 1,628-acre Somerston Estate - 200 acres of sustainably-farmed vineyard - is generally sold to other producers, but a portion is wisely retained for their own labels. Director of winemaking Craig Becker is also general manager and a founding partner of Somerston.
Somerston vineyard is a haven for its Rhône grapes, boasting one of the largest plantings of Grenache Blanc in California.
The ‘13 Priest Ranch Grenache Blanc comes bottled under cork with a 14.3% abv alcohol number and a price tag of $22 per bottle. I was given a taste courtesy of Jarvis Communications.
Taking a whiff, the wine’s nose is quite interesting, with savory and nutty aromas playing against apricot fruit. The palate is oily, but at the same time very acidic. It's a great food wine, full and lush in the mouth with no curtailment of the razor blade acidity. The savory apricot flavor outlasts the wine’s pure fruitiness on the lengthy finish.