Priest Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 1.5Ltr
SKU 803656

Priest Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Napa Valley - California - United States

Professional Wine Reviews for Priest Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Rated 95 by Decanter
Priest Ranch’s philosophy is that all wines must stem from the land. This approach is followed religiously by viticulturist and winemaker Craig Becker, who adopts a minimalist approach in the winery. Priest Ranch is named after James Joshua Priest, who settled in the area in 1869 as a gold prospector. Today it’s owned by the Somerston Wine Estate which, in 2004 it merged with its 386ha Elder Valley estate. The first vintage of this wine was made in 2006 from vines planted in 1972. Stephen Brook: Ripe blackberry nose that is just the right side of jammy. Rich and velvety despite the underlying tannins, this has a certain grandeur. Very concentrated and forceful, with enough acidity to give it persistence. Alex Hunt MW: Youthful and tightly knit, this wine shows real poise and focus. There is a currant-based core that will emerge in bottle, filling out the current neat tannic structure. Stefan Neumann MS: Blackcurrant and blackberries are the dominant aromas and offer immediate charm on the nose. Concentrated with quite a high ripeness level, which makes it enjoyable in its youth. Good juicy character with a tick of grippy tannins.
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Region: California

California as a wine producing region has grown in size and importance considerably over the past couple of centuries, and today is the proud producer of more than ninety percent of the United States' wines. Indeed, if California was a country, it would be the fourth largest producer of wine in the world, with a vast range of vineyards covering almost half a million acres. The secret to California's success as a wine region has a lot to do with the high quality of its soils, and the fact that it has an extensive Pacific coastline which perfectly tempers the blazing sunshine it experiences all year round. The winds coming off the ocean cool the vines, and the natural valleys and mountainsides which make up most of the state's wine regions make for ideal areas in which to cultivate a variety of high quality grapes.

Country: United States

For three hundred years now, the United States has been leading the New World in wine production, both in regards to quantity and quality. Wine is actually produced in all fifty states across the country, with California leading the way by an enormous margin. Indeed, as much as eighty-nine percent of all wines to come out of the United States are produced in California, where the fertile soils and sloping mountain sides, coupled with the long, hot summers provide ideal conditions for producing high quality, European style red, white and rosé wines. With over a million acres of the country under vine, the United States sits comfortably as the fourth largest wine producer in the world, where imported grape varietals from all over the Old World are processed using a successful blend of traditional and contemporary techniques.

Appellation: Napa Valley

Anybody with an interest in New World wines is surely in agreement with the fact that Napa Valley in California is now, without much doubt, one of the world's premier wine regions. With an ideal climate for viticulture, fertile and mineral rich soils, and a dedication for quality and expression of terroir, Napa Valley wines consistently impress on the world stage with their flavors, aromas and overall character. The wineries of the valley have had plenty of success with a wide range of grape varietals, which flourish in the heat and ripen fully in the Californian sunshine each year, and the innovation and experimentation undertaken by the vintners of the region has helped create a wine culture and reputation in the valley which is unique, yet classic – a perfect blend of the new and the old.