1990 Ridge Vineyards "York Creek" Napa County Petite Sirah

SKU #1005460 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Petite Sirah lovers will be delighted to hear that Ridge's 1990 York Creek Petite Sirah is a winner. Although backward and closed, it is hard to ignore its opaque purple color, and big, fleshy nose of licorice, cassis, and spicy oak. Full-bodied, with massively-concentrated flavors, this behemoth should be laid away for 4-5 years. As vertical tastings of Ridge York Creek Petite Sirah have proven, top vintages of this wine last for 18-25 years.  (2/1994)


 Deep red colour with ripe plummy fruit aromas on the nose. Good structure and nice solid tannins to match on the palate with wonderful ripe fruit characters. Consistent flavours in the mouth. This is a wine that should improve with age.  (4/1995)

K&L Notes

For the first time since 1979, Ridge combined grapes from the Devil's Hill, Dynamite Hill, and The Lake vineyards to produce their York Creek Petite Sirah.

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Petite Sirah

- Once thought to be related to the Rhône's Syrah, it ends up that Petite Sirah is more closely related to the Southern French varietal Durif, which is virtually extinct in France. On the other hand, Petite Sirah thrives in California, where it is prized for its ink-dark color, rich, peppery, black-fruited tannic wine and ability to age. There is even a group passionately devoted to the varietal called PS I Love You. While often bottled varietally, Petite Sirah is also frequently blended with Zinfandel to give that wine structure, and is usually among the varietals planted in the old vine field blends of Northern California. The grape is also grown with some success is South America - Brazil and Argentina, in particular - and in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.