Ridge Vineyards York Creek Petite Sirah 1999

Petite Sirah from Napa Valley, California

$31.99
Item No. 52053
  • red wine

Winemaker's Notes

York Creek Vineyard, situated high on Spring Mountain, overlooks St. Helena and the Napa Valley from the west. Ridge came here initially in 1971 for the old-vine petite sirah. The major planting of mature zinfandel at York Creek is the Race Track vineyard, at an elevation of 1800. The name refers to a trotting track that describes a graceful oval through the vines. Original cuttings for Race Track were taken from the old Picchetti vineyard on Monte Bello Ridge, home to one of our favorite nineteenth-century clones. Much as in 1998, the '99 growing season began very late, and rain at bloom limited crop levels. A moderate summer and long, lovely fall brought fully ripe grapes by mid-October a good two weeks earlier than in 1998. Given the grapes high level of ripeness, color and tannins were easily extracted over an eight-day active fermentation, which left a bit of residual sugar. Half the grapes were fermented using the submerged cap methodgrape skins held by a grid below the surface of the juice. This results in a wine of greater structure, which, in '99, balances a slight sweetness in the final wine. As usual, only naturally-occurring yeasts were used to ferment the grapes. After malolactic, the wine was aged in air-dried american oak barrels. It's structure and concentrated fruit will integrate further with a year in bottle. The wine should be at its most enjoyable over the next five years.

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Ridge's history begins in 1885, when Osea Perrone, a doctor and prominent member of San Francisco's Italian community, bought 180 acres near the top of Monte Bello Ridge in the Santa Cruz Mountains. He planted vineyards and constructed a winery of redwood and native limestone in time to produce the first vintage of Monte Bello in 1892. The historic building now serves as the Ridge...

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Learn About Napa Valley

It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard...

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Learn About Petite Sirah

Petite Sirah(peh-TEET seer-AH) Not So Small There is nothing petite about this grape. Petite Sirah, the result of a crossing between Syrah and Peloursin, is also known as Durif. Being the father, Syrah imparted some of its flavors and characteristics to its offspring, but the two grapes are decisively different. Petite Sirah is mostly found in California, where it gained...

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