Wine Review: 2010 Elyse Napa Valley Petite Sirah

Wine Review: 2010 Elyse Napa Valley Petite Sirah

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.

Elyse Napa Valley Petite Sirah

The Elyse Napa Valley Petite Sirah 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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Marc has held almost every position in the food & wine industry and is committed to Celebrating Hospitality with Pride. In addition to being the co-founder and editor-at-large for Enobytes, Marc is a wine blogger contributor to (Wine Bytes) and writes the Wine Knowledge column in the print magazine About Face. The Contra Costa County Times, San Jose Mercury News, Tacoma Times Tribune and Washington Post have either interviewed or quoted Marc on his viniferous and culinary opinions. Marc has also appeared on Portland's "Vine Time" on News Radio 750 KXL and on California's Central Coast "From the Growing of the Grape to the Glass" on KUHL-AM 1410. He is also the author of A History of Pacific Northwest Cuisine: Mastodons to Molecular Gastronomy. While continuing to tenaciously search for what he may finally proclaim as his favorite wine Marc is relentless in his quest for the ultimate food and wine experience.


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  2. Karen K. December 5, 2012 at 1:20 PM - Reply

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

    • enobytes December 5, 2012 at 11:55 PM - Reply

      Its hard to pass up dusty tannins and a gusty grip ;)

  3. Aaron December 24, 2012 at 9:49 AM - Reply

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

    • enobytes December 24, 2012 at 12:49 PM - Reply

      Hey thanks Aaron, glad you like them.

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