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Date Printed: 3/31/2015
Elyse Rutherford Petite Sirah 2001
Elyse Rutherford Petite Sirah 2001
(search item no. 60125)

PRICE ON 3/31/2015: $32.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2001 Rutherford Petite Sirah is deep, dark purple in color and amazingly textured with over-the-top concentration of fruit flavors.

Lush aromas of wild blackberries, cherries and plum are interwoven with licorice, black pepper and hints of wild game. This wine has unique jammy ripeness with long, soft tannins and a lingering coffee, mocha oak finish.

Drink now and over the next 10 to 12 years.

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About Elyse:

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.