The genesis of elizabethjohn, or ‘EJ’, began in the spring of 2005 with a modest two barrels of estate cabernet sauvignon and a vision for the next generation. Over time this pursuit evolved into our avant garde expression of terroir, fruit, and substance.
elizabethjohn wine is our joint endeavor as siblings and the next generation of our family’s Spring Mountain winery. We look forward to bringing you extremely limited lots, typically between one to eight barrels, of handcrafted wines sourced from our family vineyard, as well as our favorite vineyards across the Napa Valley.
We are so excited to bring our elizabethjohn wine to you- it is meant to be shared with great friends, over a lively conversation and a wonderful meal. We hope you enjoy it as much as we have enjoyed bringing it to you!
Elizabeth Marston Leahy & James Leahy John & Tanya Marston
2013 elizabethjohn petite sirah: As a young girl I vividly remember bidding farewell to our century old plantings of Petite Sirah and wishing these majestic vines could outlast mother nature herself. My fascination with this heritage varietal never faded, and as I assumed responsibility for the Estate and Winemaking Operations in 2009 I quietly began cultivating my favorite Petite Sirah vineyards. It took three years of patience before an opportunity arose to revisit this heritage varietal, and even then we proceeded with care, producing just four barrels of Petite in 2012. Although early, the quality was unmistakable and we doubled down in 2013. To my delight we’ve exceeded our ambitious expectations, and it gives me great pride to share our 2013 elizabethjohn Petite Sirah.
Our second release of Petite Sirah captures the essence of the remarkable 2013 vintage: opulent, layered and incredibly complex. Arguably worthy of an MFV designation with its purity and balance, this expression of Petite Sirah continues to enhance the profile of the varietal.
Winemaker tasting notes: “A huge bouquet of blueberry, dark chocolate, and vanilla leads into a layered mouth of fresh blackberries, black raspberries and spice. Supple tannins and a concentrated mouth give way to a long, sweet finish.” – Marbue Marke (191 cases)