This is the fourth vintage of Marston Family Vineyard Petite Sirah. Following the 1992 harvest we made the difficult decision to replant our Petite Sirah vines dating to the late 1880s, yet never lost our passion for this heritage varietal. After 20 years, we had the good fortune to be introduced to a beautiful, well-positioned vineyard in western Calistoga, and began making small lots in 2012 and 2013 under our elizabethjohn label.
Maturing from a small 3-acre plot, our 2017 Petite Sirah captures everything we love about this varietal – power, finesse and character. Inspired by the legendary bottlings of Sean Thackrey from our estate, we were fortunate to combine the uniformity and balance of the vintage with the complexity of the smaller berry size to produce an exceptional return to Petite Sirah for Marston Family Vineyard.
Vineyard Source: Sundance Vineyard
Appellation: Calistoga AVA, Napa Valley
Composition: 100% Petite Sirah
Harvest Dates: September 30th, 2017
Winemaker: Marbue Marke (2009 – present)
Vinification: Traditional Stainless Steel Tank Fermentation
Aging: 100% French Oak Aging (40% new) for
Winemaker Tasting Note
“An intense bouquet of wild blackberries, dried violets, warm earth and hints of clove lead into a layered mouth of fresh blackberries, black plum, cassis and boysenberry. Deep purple in color and full bodied, the silky mouthfeel effortlessly glides across the palate, while the richness gracefully melds with with fine-grained tannins and minerality for a long, luxurious finish.” - Marbue Marke, March 2021