Herbal, fruit-filled, and very fresh with texture and lovely balance, Priest Ranch Grenache Blanc ($22) showcases the changing face of varieties currently thriving in Napa Valley. Though Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc are the classic go-to options for growers in the region, Rhone varieties also thrive, or if you consider the origin of Grenache Blanc, Spanish varieties.
From fruit grown at Napa’s Sommerston Estate in the high elevation eastern hills of Napa Valley where 242 planted acres of vineyards showcase the beauty of earthy, structured, mountain fruit delivering the story of the land in each of their wines.
The wine seamlessly melds zippy acidity and freshness with a bit of round creaminess, thanks to a bit of aging on the lees for five months, balancing the overall profile of the native yeast fermented wine, and giving an extra layer of character. Apple blossom and lemon leaf aromas open the wine, with soft herbal and citrus notes, followed by layers of green apple, crushed stone, tarragon, and lemon balm with texture, freshness, and easy pair-ability. Enjoy with creamy cheese, fresh shellfish, or light pasta dishes. #cheers