WINEMAKING | The Priest Ranch Brut Rosé is 100% Syrah and was aged 24 months in stainless steel on the lees, then bottled and aged an additional 24 months in the bottle. This sparkling wine is made using the traditional méthode Champenoise.
HARVEST NOTES | The first half of 2018 brought us moderate temperatures allowing for a long growing season. We had a majority of our rainfall in February, followed by a wet spring. Then summer brought consistent temperatures with little heat spikes. This weather allowed for longer hang time and for the fruit to ripen at a balanced rate.
This wine has a beautiful pink salmon tone and has a hint of fruity flavors that include strawberry, cherry, and peach. It has terrific balance, and the creamy smooth finish allows you to pair this sparkling wine with anything from spicy dishes to a water cracker with caviar and creme Fraiche.
The historic Priest Ranch is now a part of Somerston Estate, a significant property totaling 1,682 acres with 225 acres of hillside vineyards. The dramatic elevations of the vineyards define and distinguish the estate, ranging from 800 ft. to 1,600 ft. The wines of Priest Ranch are sourced from multiple blocks, showcasing the diversity and complexity of the combined property. Our 2018 Brut Rosé is produced using fruit from Block 2 on the west side of our property.