2008 Elyse "Morisoli Vineyard" Napa Valley Zinfandel
Here is a very solid, slightly sinewy look at Zin that hits the mark in terms of defined blackberry fruit, spice and structure. It is big but well-balanced, and it never once threatens with excess, but its fairly gruff finishing tannins remind a bit much of Petite Sirah. Still, this is a deep, well-filled wine that has good places to go, and however rough and rugged it is now, it is sure to reward four or five years of patience.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2008 Zinfandel Morisoli Vineyard is a compelling wine graced with expressive dark red fruit, flowers, mint and licorice. It shows gorgeous finesse, plenty of mid-palate richness and terrific overall balance. Sweet floral notes and succulent black cherries wrap around the finish. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2018.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Medium red. Pungent, high-pitched aromas of crushed cherry, mint, rose petal and orange peel. A smooth, juicy midweight with good energy and a hint of pepper to the red berry flavors. This gently styled zinfandel finishes with brisk, slightly candied fruit, sweet tannins and good length.
Elyse has been the only producer making Zinfandel from the Morisoli vineyard since 1988. It is truly a product with old vine distinction and Rutherford Bench terroir.