PNP. Cork perfect. Color opaque garnet w ruby edges. Nose is dense with dark fruit lashed with American oak. Swishing reveals tons of tannin that hints at oak on the finish with reasonable amount of acid. Sipping allows this to fully strut its stuff, and it is hefty with fruit and structure in perfect balance. This is a baby. No signs at all of aging and I will wait 6-10 yrs to drink my last bottle.
What a great wine. Seamless and lush, with terrific balance and unusual freshness. Violets and dark fruits adorn the bouquet, which is more interesting than many much more expensive wines. Last bottle, sadly, and the saying is true now more than ever... they don't make 'em like they used to.
This is another great York Creek Petite Sirah. Appearance is still dark purple to the rim, nose of graphite, funky barnyard, crushed berries. Tannins have melted away, and the remaining core of dark fruit comes through with a nice level of acidity. This is a very enjoyable companion to grilled meats. Everyone wanted more, two still in the cellar, I vote for drinking within the next 3-5 years.
I've never been all that pleased with how these York Creek Petite Sirahs age; In youth they are dense and barely approachable, then they stay that way for a very long time until they fall off the edge of the flavor cliff. At least that's been my experience... until now. Not only does this bottle of 1996 break that pattern, it is probably the best example of a Petite Sirah that I can recall. Fresh, juicy, and succulent, but with plenty of powerful tannins. Extracted but developed, and a long, intense finish. Actually, this is not just a great Petite Sirah, it's a great wine.
Thanks to Ben to take the initiative to open this up. Big and dense black and purpleness. Sweet corn/sweet grass aromas. Oddly, palate gives a lemon lime accent. Dense and this could seemingly have lived forever, but alas... Day 6. A sweet honey in the nose and finally some fruit that doesn't seem so youthful. The wine shows a little bit of orange at the rim. Black and purple fruits again, but today the wine seems to have shed some of it's imposing body. A floral whisper to the palate and not the sweet palate that the first couple days were framed by. Tannin still rushes to the front. Full body, medium acid, medium tannin. For a fifteen year old wine to hold strongly to day 6, I'd say this wine has fifteen more good drinking years ahead of it. As this opens up in the glass a potpourri starts to to emerge, a crazy pineapple note on the palate whizzes passed my head.
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