Somerston Wine Company
The Somerston Estate (of which the historic Priest Ranch is now a part) is 1628 acres of natural beauty, with over 200 acres of sustainably farmed vineyards, winery, and a developing ranch and farm. Somerston is 8 miles east of Rutherford east of the Chiles Valley appellation in Napa Valley. Its diverse soils, microclimates, and exposures are perfect for growing world-class grapes. The vineyard has over 200 acres planted on elevations of 850 to 2400 feet above sea level. Its cool nights, low morning temperatures, late morning fog and warm afternoon temperatures give our vineyards a slow and even ripening. The vineyard is divided into 87 individual blocks that represent the various soils (alluvial fans, silty clay and fractured shale, and Akin).
Craig Becker is a founding member of Somerston. He is a seasoned winemaker and has worked with a wide range of varieties planted at some of California’s top hillside vineyards. It is Craig’s artisan approach to winemaking and his extensive knowledge in viticulture that enables him to create superb wines from a wide range of varieties and sites. As General Manager of Somerston, Craig oversees all aspects of the business from viticulture, winemaking, sales and marketing, finance and business development. (Ref: Somerston Wine Company)
"A long-term prospect for cellaring, the 2013 Petite Sirah (100% Petite Sirah) is a big, mighty, masculine wine with dense purple colour and loads of blue and black fruits. It is still somewhat monolithic and titanic in size, but I expect more nuances to emerge. This impressive wine will be singing its praises when drinking it in 10-15 years and for many, many years to follow" 90+ points. Robert Parker Wine Advocate October 2015
Perfect for spicy meat dishes or steak-and-cheese enchiladas.
500L puncheons with 15% in new French oak barrels and 85% in neutral French oak barrls. The wine was racked twice in the first year and three times in the second year of ageing. Bottled unfiltered