York Creek Vineyards
In 1968 Fritz Maytag purchased a hillside property in the western hills above the town of St Helena. He currently owns 125 acres of vines on the Mayacamas Ridge in both Napa Valley and Sonoma County.
York Creek Vineyards is planted with 15 grape varieties and is broken into over 50 distinct vineyard lots. Maytag named the property after York Creek which meanders through the vines and trees. There are at least 24 indigenous trees on the property. They grace the labels of the winery.
The 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Meritage is a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot. This is a deeply flavored mountain wine that has 14.3% alcohol. About 830 cases were produced.
Only 97 cases of the 2002 York Creek Vineyards Pinot Blanc were produced. The grapes are whole cluster pressed and aged in French oak sur lies. It is made in a delicate, refined style.
The winery also makes a blend of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Carignane, and Alicante Bouschet called MXB, Valdigiue (Napa Gamay), Touriga Nacional Rose, Cabernet Franc, Tempranillo, Port, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon “Horseshoe,” Early Vintage Meritage (1994), and Cuvee One (an affordable red blend).