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Wine Review: 2010 Elyse Napa Valley Petite Sirah

The exertion of a particular sense of place could not be more specific than it is when Petite Sirah is grown in Napa compared to more rustic terroir like Mendocino, Paso Robles and even Sonoma to a certain degree. This wine is fortunate enough to possess that quality. Immediately after opening, this wine exudes a complex barrage of violet floral aromas with just a little time in glass and some exposure to oxygen the bouquet includes dark berries and a hint of fresh sage.

2010 Elyse Napa Valley Petite Sirah

The wine is soft and pretty early in its lifecycle but settles in and exhibits true Petite Sirah characteristics, including dusty tannins and a gusty grip as it fully opens up. You can lay this one down for a while and it will reward your time for waiting but it is also extremely enjoyable now. Rack of Lamb, Portobello Saltimbocca, or a fine cut of beef simply grilled will work with this wine. Many celebration dinners are happening this time of year and brining the right wine is important. If you want to show up with the bottle everyone will love and bring something besides a Cabernet, Merlot or Pinot, this Petite Sirah from Elyse is what you should bring. 866 case production.

Rating: Excellent (91) | $32 | 14.5% ABV

 Elyse Napa Valley Petite Sirah

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5 Responses to “Wine Review: 2010 Elyse Napa Valley Petite Sirah”

  1. Karen K. says:

    I’ve been a fan of this winery for almost 20 years. Its hard to pass up their Petite Sirah.

  2. Aaron says:

    I really like the new graphics. It gives a good sense of what to expect from this wine.

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