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Sauvignon Blanc, 2018. Priest Ranch

Sauvignon Blanc, 2018. Priest Ranch

Item #: N1219W1DC
Vintage: 2018
Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc
Vineyard/Appellation: Napa Valley, California
Color: Very Pale
Nose: White Peach
Palate: Peach, Grapefruit
Finish: Lively, Citrus Infused
Rating: 96
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2025/Shellfish, White Meat, Fowl/14.5% Alcohol by Volume

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The story of Priest Ranch goes back to 1869 when Joshua James Priest purchased 638 acres in Napa Valley seeing the potential there of growing extraordinary grapes for wine production. Obviously, he was correct and is credited for being one of Napa's earliest pioneers.

Priest Ranch was purchased by Dr. Allan Chapman in 2004 who quickly hired Craig Becker to assume the running of the estate, which today encompasses 129 acres of grapes. Becker had worked for Mondavi and had ascended to head winemaker at the iconic Spring Mountain Vineyards at the age of 23.

Everything was in place now for Priest Ranch to regain the helm as one of the leaders in Napa's great heritage.

Becker did just that. Along with their own vineyards in prime locations, he ventured to other incredible properties with the goal of making the best wine from the best grapes imaginable.

Conventional thought goes to thinking that Napa Valley and Cabernet Sauvignon are synonymous with each other. While that thought is hard to argue, it's also hard to discount the "other" Sauvignon, Blanc.

This place makes some of the best in the world and our selection is right up there. The wine sees no wood at all, just the complex components within the grapes, which deliver wave upon wave of bright peach, pink grapefruit and lime zest in an endless magical, swirl of complexity.

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