The 2013 York Creek Petite Sirah is almost black in color with elegant aromas and flavors of juicy wild berries, plums, and hints of licorice, incense, and forest floor. It is richly textured and full-bodied on the palate with powerful fruit flavors that are balanced by firm, ripe tannins leading to a long-lasting finish. Build to last, expect this wine to age nicely for another 7 – 10 years. This wine is definitely age-worthy and will benefit from decanting in the short term. Pair with strong cheeses, wild game, lamb shank or a nicely peppered strip steak.
In 1983, Nancy and Ray arrived in California from Cape Cod to fulfill Ray’s dream of making wine and Nancy’s taste for adventure. After working harvest at Mt. Eden Winery in Saratoga, they moved to Napa Valley and became innkeepers for a bed &breakfast. Ray then spent formative time at Tonella Vineyard Management, where he gained philosophical perspective and practical knowledge working in the vineyards. Ray’s nine year tenure at Whitehall Lane Winery under the tutelage of Art Finkelstein first as a cellar worker and then as head winemaker honed his skills in the art of blending and was the inspiration for Ray’s winemaking style today.
In 1987, Ray & Nancy started Elyse Winery with 286 cases of Zinfandel from the Morisoli Vineyard, which is still a cornerstone vineyard source for the winery. After a decade of nomadic winemaking at various custom crush facilities, in 1997 they purchased a small winery and vineyard on Hoffman Lane, the home of Elyse Winery and tasting room.