2014 "El Capitan" Petite Sirah - John Evan Cellars
100% Petite Sirah
Rising majestically from the floor of the glacially-carved Yosemite Valley, El Capitan commands the landscape, even when viewed through the softened, warm colors of dusk and the impending night fall.Stressing the limits of skill and endurance, El Capitan was once thought to be unconquerable. The 2014 El Cap is the immense and imposing Petite Sirah from the Livermore vineyards of Peter Clark. Careful farming coupled with John Evan's cool fermentation and careful elevage has allowed us to scale El Capitan with skill and fortitude and to tame this giant into an approachable gem. The nose reveals depp ripe fruit with black plum, cinnamon, cardamom, and vanilla. The once overwhelming tannins that earlier dominated the mid-palate and finish now share the quality of an imposing massive structure softened by age, experienced through the filter of warm dusk colors and contrasting with the feeling of crisp evening Sierra breeze and the hard granite of El Capitan.