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91 Elyse 2012 L’Ingenue Naggiar Vineyard
Reviewed by Jim Gordon,, Wine Enthusiast Magazine
Distinctive and generous, this white Rhône-style wine is made from Sierra Foothills
grapes by a seasoned Napa winemaker. It tastes like vanilla, hazelnuts and pears, has a creamy texture, feels layered with fruit and spice notes, and has good acidity balanced by richness of flavor.

93 Elyse 2008 Morisoli Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Reviewed by Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast Magazine
This wine contains a drop of Petit Verdot. At more than five years of age, it has shed its babyfat, and is starting to develop bottle com­plexity. You can certainly drink it now for its luscious red cherry, blueberry, licorice and spice flavors. The tannins are as velvety smooth as anything in Napa Val­ley. However, it’s guaranteed to continue to develop well in the bottle. Hold until 2018, at the very least. Cellar Selection.

90 Elyse 2009 Morisoli Vineyard Zinfandel
Reviewed by Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast Magazine
Decant this Zin for an hour or so to bring out its robust and spicy nature. The palate is complex with flavors of wild, briary summer black­berries, plums, cola, dark chocolate, black pepper and oak. Great with beef and tomato dishes.

93 Elyse 2009 Black-Sears Vineyard Zinfan­del (Howell Mountain)
Reviewed by Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast Magazine
There’s a delicious approachability to this Zinfandel that makes it drinkable now despite having some formidable Howell Mountain tannins. In that, it calls to mind the wonderful 2008. The flavors are enormously concentrated, with notes of blackberry, black currant, cured meat, black pepper and baking spice, lending terrific complexity that changes in the glass with every sip. It displays Zinfandel’s wild, brambly character while preserving Napa’s elegance and balance. Editors’ Choice

90 Elyse 2009 Korte Ranch Zinfandel (St. Helena)
Reviewed by Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast Magazine
Elyse has emerged as one of the most dependable producers of Zinfandel in California. This wine shows some overripeness in the raisin flavor, but there are plenty of blueberry jam, chocolate, baking spice and sandalwood notes. The tannins are firm yet supple.

92 Jacob Franklin 2009 Chavez-Leeds Vine­yard Petite Sirah (Napa Valley)
Reviewed by Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast Magazine
The vine­yard is in Rutherford, and the wine shows the dusty tan­nins that this commune is famous for. They’re an inte­gral part of the palate experience, along with lush, plush blackberry, plum, charred meat, dark chocolate, black pepper and anise flavors. Impressive for the way it tack­les Petite Sirah’s rustic character and imposes true Napa elegance. Drink now–2017

91 Elyse 2008 Morisoli Vineyard Zinfandel (Napa Valley)
Reviewed by Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast Magazine
Plenty of Zinny character in this lusty, spicy young wine. It shows how well Zin rip­ens in a good Napa vineyard. With firm, supporting tan­nins, it’s bone dry and rich in wild berry, pepper, bacon and cinnamon spice flavors, with just a hint of raisining in the finish.

92 Elyse 2010 Barrel Select Petite Sirah (Napa Valley)
Reviewed by Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast Magazine
Classic Petite Sirah, in the full-bodied richness, dryness, hard tannins and deep fla­vors of ripe dark berries and fruits, cocoa, grilled meat and black pepper. As good as that is, it also shows the impeccable balance of a fine Napa Valley red wine. Good now with robust meat stews and roasts, and it should develop for many years.

90 Jacob Franklin 2009 Hayne Vineyard Petite Sirah (Napa Valley)
Reviewed by Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast Magazine
The vineyard, which is in St. Helena, certainly yielded grapes that were ripe, to judge by this wine’s flavors. It’s gigantic in berries, cherries, mocha and spices that are jammy and sweet. The best thing about it are the tannins, which are smooth and complex. Give this flashy young Petite Sirah a couple years to integrate and mellow. Cellar Selection

90 Jacob Franklin 2007 Hoffman Lane Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)
Reviewed by Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast Magazine
Made in the modern style, this Cabernet is dark in color, soft in acids and tannins, and enormously fruity. The flavors of blackberries, blueberries, mocha and roasted nuts suggest sweetened granola candy. It’s a flashy wine that impresses for its sheer power. Drink now-2015.

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92 pts – Elyse 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Morisoli Vineyard (Rutherford)
Reviewed by Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate #198, December 2011
The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Morisoli Vineyard is a beautiful, if somewhat inward wine graced with exquisite finesse. Freshly cut flowers, mint, blackberries and cassis are some of the nuances that emerge from this delineated, finessed Cabernet Sauvignon. Today the wine is a bit tight, but it should soften with another year or so in bottle. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2020.

90 pts – Elyse 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Tietjen Vineyard (Rutherford)
Reviewed by Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate #198, December 2011
Smoke, tobacco, licorice and incense are some of the notes that emerge from the 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Tietjen Vineyard. The Tietjen is more aromatically nuanced but less overt in its fruit than the Morisoli. It shows lovely balance and plenty of harmony in an attractive, feminine style that is highly appealing. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2018.

91 pts – Elyse 2008 Zinfandel, Morisoli Vineyard (Rutherford)
Reviewed by Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate #198, December 2011
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.

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89 pts – Elyse 2008 Black-Sears Vineyard Zinfandel (Napa Valley)
Reviewed by T.F., Wine Spectator, December 2011
Jammy and juicy, with baked cherry pie and spicy vanilla aromas that lead to zesty smoky plum flavors. Drink now through 2017.

88 pts – Elyse 2008 Morisoli Vineyard Zinfandel (Napa Valley)
Reviewed by T.F., Wine Spectator, December 2011
This focused red shows an appealingly rustic edge, with aromas of cherry and fresh pine and dense flavors of black currant and underbrush that finish with firm, loamy tannins. Best from 2013 through 2018.


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92 pts – Elyse 2008 Black-Sears Vineyard Zinfandel (Napa Valley)
Reviewed by Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, December 2011
The grapes for this Zin come from high up on Howell Mountain, which accounts for their concentration. Massive in blackberries, mushu plum, mocha and spices, its initial taste is as sweet as jam. But it turns dry and minerally on the finish. A delicious, softly tannic wine to drink now and for the next six years.

89 pts – Elyse 2009 L’Ingenue, Naggiar Vineyard, Rhone-style White Blend (Sierra Foothills)
Reviewed by Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, November 2011
This delightful wine is a blend of 36% Roussanne, 35% Viognier, 20% Marsanne and 9% Grenache Blanc. After about a year in French oak, the result is well-balanced, minerally, viscous with a lengthy finish and notes of fig, pear and peach.

90 pts – Elyse 2007 Syrah (Napa Valley)
Reviewed by Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, September 2011
A glamorous Syrah, rich and spicy, that feels lush and silky in the mouth. With a good hit of acidity for vitality, it shows spicy flavors of red berries, cola and bacon. The finish is especially nice, so clean, dry and savory. Drink now.

90 pts – Elyse 2007 Le Corbeau, Hudson Vineyard, Grenache-Syrah (Los Carneros)
Reviewed by Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, September 2011
One of the best Rhône-style blends on the market. Soft, supple and complex in raspberry and cherry compôte, spice and vanilla flavors, it has a silky texture and a long, distinguished finish. The precise blend is 90% Grenache and 10% Syrah.

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2 puffs92 pts – Elyse 2009 Morisoli Vineyard Zinfandel (Rutherford, Napa Valley)
Reviewed January 2013
2009 The pick of the latest Elyse crop by virtue of its well-managed ripeness and its incisive and keenly defined fruit, this deeply filled wine exhibits exceptional focus and length on the palate. Like its cellarmates, it is structured for keeping, yet, even though it has the strength and tannic solidity to grow and improve for a good many years, its nicely knit mix of sweet oak, soft spice and buoyant young fruit affords it just a little more immediate pleasure.

2 puffs 93 pts – Elyse 2008 Morisoli Vineyard Zinfandel (Napa Valley)
CG Volume 35, Issue 11: September 2011
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.

2 puffs 90 pts – Elyse 2008 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)
CG Volume 35, Issue 10: August 2011
Rich aromas of currants, dark plums, mint and creamy oak propel this attractive effort to prominence, and its supple, balanced and fairly full feel on the palate are met by flavors that capture all of the well-focused character of the nose. Moderately tannic in its youth, yet no more than an ageworthy Cabernet Sauvignon can be expected to exhibit, this wine will drink reasonably well now with sturdy roasts and chops or can be set aside in a dark, quiet place to age for up to a decade.

2 puffs 91 pts – Elyse 2007 Le Corbeau, Hudson Vineyard, Grenache (Los Carneros)
CG Volume 35, Issue 9: July 2011
Ripe and nicely fruited aromas that remind of raspberries and strawberries with a nice layer of dried violets for further interest lead to a supple, moderately tannic yet fairly open wine on the palate. Its early roundness is met head on by good balance and decently deep flavors and then by a touch of latter palate tightness that also adds some needed grip. It does not demand age but can support it.

2 puffs 88 pts – Elyse 2007 C’est Si Bon, Naggiar Vineyard, Grenache (Sierra Foothills)
CG Volume 35, Issue 9: July 2011
Endowed with similar palate weight as its sibling above, this one is just a touch lighter overall in forcefulness but still shows its Grenache base through its raspberry/strawberry aromas and its supple, comfortable feel across the palate.

one puff88 pts – Elyse 2007 C’est Si Bon, Naggiar Vineyard, Grenache (Sierra Foothills)
CG Volume 35, Issue 9: July 2011
Endowed with similar palate weight as its sibling above, this one is just a touch lighter overall in forcefulness but still shows its Grenache base through its raspberry/strawberry aromas and its supple, comfortable feel across the palate.

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89 pts – Elyse 2007 C’est Si Bon, Naggiar Vineyard, G-S-M (Sierra Foothills)
Reviewed by Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, July 2011
A lovely balance of red fruit and soft texture that’s quite enjoyable over the length of a meal from Napa-based Elyse, which sources the red Rhône varietals in this wine from a high-elevation vineyard in the Sierra Foothills.

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91+ pts – Elyse 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Tietjen Vineyard (Rutherford)
Reviewed by Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate #186, December 2009
Two brilliant Cabernet Sauvignons include the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Tietjen, which includes 4% Petit Verdot in the blend. It boasts a dense ruby/purple hue as well as aromas of spring flowers, blueberries, black currants, licorice, truffles, and plumbs. Full-bodied, rich, moderately tannic, pure, and beautifully textured, it requires 3-4 years of cellaring, and should keep for 20 years.

92 pts – Elyse 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Morisoli Vineyard (Rutherford)
Reviewed by Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate #186, December 2009
Even more impressive is the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Morisoli, which also includes a small percentage of Petit Verdot. Dense purple to the rim, this offering will require considerable patience. Unlike most 2007s (which are surprisingly exuberant and showy), this wine possesses massive amounts of blueberry and blackberry fruit along with incense, licorice, and subtle smoky, toasty oak. Full-bodied and concentrated, it demands 5-6 years of cellaring, and should drink well over the following 25-30 years.

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90 pts – 2006 Elyse Cabernet Sauvignon Tietjen Vineyard (Rutherford)
Reviewed by Robert Parker, WA #192 (Dec 2010)
The 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Tietjen Vineyard reveals an attractive plum/ruby/purple color as well as a big, sweet nose of camphor, black currants, cherries and spicy oak. Silky smooth, medium to full-bodied and seductive, it is ideal for drinking over the next decade or more.

90+ pts – 2006 Elyse Cabernet Sauvignon Morisoli Vineyard (Rutherford)
Reviewed by Robert Parker, WA #192 (Dec 2010)
The 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Morisoli Vineyard, which comes from a hallowed vineyard in Rutherford, has a slightly more saturated ruby/purple color as well as a classic bouquet of crème de cassis, black cherries, dusty, loamy soil, herbs and spice. More structured and layered as well as fuller-bodied, this 2006 needs 2-3 more years to resolve some tannin. It should age effortlessly for 15+ years.

89 pts – 2007 Elyse Syrah (Napa)
Reviewed by Robert Parker, WA #192 (Dec 2010)
The 2007 Syrah includes 6% Mourvedre and 2% Viognier in the blend. It appears the aim was to produce a northern Rhone-styled wine (such as Cote Rotie) in Napa. A dark garnet/plum color is followed by a fragrant, peppery nose of exotic fruits, spice box, lavender, and sweet currants and cherries. This soft, round, medium-bodied 2007 appears to be fully mature and is capable of lasting another 4-5 years.

93 pts – 2006 Elyse Cabernet Sauvignon Tietjen Vineyard
Reviewed by James Suckling, February 15th, 2011
What beauty and precision in this wine, with light hints of currants and black berries. Some cola and milk chocolate too. Full bodied, with super fine tannins and a long finish. All there. Beautiful. Pull the cork after 2013.

2 puffs 91 pts – 2007 Elyse Zinfandel Howell Mountain, Napa Valley
CG Volume 35 Issue 3 : January 2011
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Right from the start, this deeply filled, well-focused youngster impresses as a serious wine, and, while optimally ripened and decked out with oak, it is long on keen and confident varietal fruit. It is full and fleshy and impeccably balanced with more than enough extract to buffer its modest heat, and its very long, insistently berry-like finish is the indelible mark of a Zinfandel that is destined to age famously.
93 pts – Elyse 2007 Korte Ranch Zinfandel (Napa Valley)
Reviewed by Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, July 2010
elyse reviews From old, head-trained vines near St. Helena comes this dense, intense young wine. It’s all Napa in the claret-like structure that’s built upon firm, refined tannins. Shows waves of blackberries, black currants, dark chocolate and peppery spices.

92 pts – Elyse 2005 Morisoli Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)
Reviewed by Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, July 2010
  The vineyard is in the heart of the Rutherford bench. The wine is rich in fruit and tannins, but a bit clumsy, with a chunky, tannic mouthfeel and jammy, direct blackberry and blueberry fruit flavors. Not ready for drinking now, but well-made, and should age well, as Cabs from this stretch tend to have a long life. Cellar Selection

2007 Elyse Winery Zinfandel Morisoli Vineyard Napa Valley
Reviewed by Stephen Tanzer, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, May/Jun 10
tanzer (13% of this wine is from a list of grapes too lengthy and obscure to name) Good deep red-ruby. Very ripe aromas of crushed berries and violet lifted by pepper. Suave on entry, then sweet and thick in the middle but energetic, with reticent flavors of crushed berries and wild herbs. This broad, deep but youthfully backward zinfandel finishes with a fine dusting of sweet tannins. Very different from the Howell Mountain bottling but equally interesting. 91 points
2007 Elyse Winery Zinfandel Howell Mountain Napa Valley
Reviewed by Stephen Tanzer, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, May/Jun 10
  Good full red. Exotic berries, smoked meat and wild herbs on the captivating nose. Savory, suave and soil-driven zinfandel, with very subtle berry, earth and pepper flavors showing a restrained sweetness for the variety. Finishes broad and fresh, with a fine dusting of tannins and subtle peppery persistence. Very sophisticated zinfandel. 91 points
                    
2007 Elyse Winery Zinfandel A.K.A. Napa Valley
Reviewed by Stephen Tanzer, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, May/Jun 10
  Dark red. Reduced, smoky nose shows musky huckleberry lifted by a peppery nuance. Supple and savory, with a restrained sweetness to its dark berry, pepper and spice flavors. At once chewy and fine-grained, finishing with rather sweet tannins. A very stylish zinfandel. 89 points
                   
90 pts - 2007 Elyse Petite Sirah Barrel Select
Reviewed by Robert Parker, WA #186 (Dec 2009)
paker A monster in the making is the 2007 Petite Sirah Barrel Select. Composed of 91% Petite Sirah and 9% Zinfandel, it reveals abundant aromas of blackberries and blueberries intermixed with hints of crushed rocks, espresso roast, and Chinese black tea. Deep, rich, and full-bodied, it will benefit from 4-5 years of cellaring, and should last for two decades or more.
2 puffs 91 pts - 2005 Elyse Cabernet Sauvignon Tietjen Vineyard Napa Valley
CG Volume 33 Issue 2 : December 2008
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Black cherries and cassis abound in this incisively varietal, very carefully crafted offering, and the impressions of complexity and concentration that show in its nose are confirmed by its well-focused, deeply filled flavors. It finishes with a bit of the tannic toughness expected from young Cabernet Sauvignon, but its persistent fruit outdistances everything else and points the way to a very bright future ahead.

 
91 pts - 2006 Elyse Petite Sirah Rutherford

Reviewed by Stephen Tanzer, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, May/Jun 08
Bright medium ruby. Vibrant aromas of blackberry, licorice and pepper. Densely packed and chewy, with very good definition and lift to the palatesaturating fl avors of blackberry, kirsch and cracked pepper. A lively fruit bomb of a petite sirah, fi nishing with tannins that dust the front teeth. A very good example of this variety, and long on personality.
 
  2004 Elyse Morisoli Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Food & Wine: "30 Classic, New & Value Cabernets"
Ray Coursen started making wine in the 1980's, and within the tight-knit world of Napa growers he gets tremendous respect. That's thanks to wines like this pure, fruit-driven red, filled with dark, wild berry flavor. Coursen's upcoming '05 vintage, out in March, is equally impressive.
                                                                Food & Wine:  "30 Classic, New & Value Cabernets"


89 pts - 2005 Elyse Winery L’Ingenue
A Proprietary Blend Dry White Table wine from California, USA
Review by Robert Parker, WA # , #177 (Jun 2008), Drink 2008 - 2010
The only white wine, the 2005 L’Ingenue, is a blend of Roussanne, Marsanne, Viognier, and Grenache. It offers beautiful notes of white peaches, quince, and apricots. Medium-bodied, it has excellent purity and a dry, crisp finish. Drink it over the next 1-2 years.

89 pts - 2005 Elyse Winery Le Corbeau Hudson Vineyard
A Proprietary Blend Dry Red Table wine from , Los Carneros, North Coast
Review by Robert Parker, WA # , #177 (Jun 2008),Drink 2008 – 2010
A blend of 90% Grenache and 10% Syrah from the Hudson Vineyard, the 2005 Le Corbeau possesses a medium dark ruby color in addition to copious quantities of black cherry fruit intermixed with sandy, loamy soil notes, licorice, and roasted herbs. It is a sexy, mediumbodied effort with soft acids and round tannins. Enjoy it over the next 1-2 years.

90 pts - 2005 Elyse Winery C'Est Si Bon Naggier Vineyard
Review by Robert Parker, WA # , #177 (Jun 2008),Rating: 90,Drink 2008 – 2012
The 2005 C’est Si Bon from the Naggiar Vineyard is a blend of 89% Syrah and 11% Cinsault. A Cotes du Rhone-inspired effort, it reveals a deep ruby color, an intriguing perfume of tree bark, raspberries, dusty black cherries, and earth, sweet tannins, medium to full body, and excellent ripeness. This complex 2005 should be drunk over the next 3-4 years.

90 pts - 2005 Elyse Winery Syrah
A Syrah Dry Red Table wine from , Napa, North Coast Review by Robert Parker,WA # , #177 (Jun 2008),Rating: 90,Drink 2008 – 2014 The delicious 2005 Syrah exhibits classic blackberry and cassis characteristics intermixed with notions of camphor, creosote, and charred oak. Soft tannins, medium to full body, and excellent purity suggest it will drink well for 5-6 years. 
 
 

  92 - Elyse 2003 Petite Sirah Rutherford
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Has the bones and authority of a great Cab.  Lush, smooth tannins and full-bodied, with powerful, intense flavors of blackberries, plums, espresso, peppery spices and subtle notes from oak barrels
   
  2002 Elyse Cabernet Sauvignon Morisoli Vineyard Napa Valley (two puffs)
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Decidedly Cabernet in focus with its curranty fruit made all the more interesting by the loamy, dusty richness of the Rutherford Bench soils, this superb bottling is still a baby when it comes to its potential. There is fruit depth galore here and a fairly full and supple entry impression that is immediately buttressed by solid, never coarse tannins that provide grip without grit. We love its polished feel and its finely constructed flavors and think that it will age well for a decade or more.
   

The International Wine Review
September 2005
Report #1 California Petite Sirah

*** Elyse 2003 Petite Sirah Rutherford
The Elyse 2003 Petite Sirah produced by owner/ winemaker Ray Coursen is a beautifully structured wine exhibiting a rich black purple color, highly extracted blackberry fruit aromas, and lots of blackberry fruit, tar chocolate and spice on the palate. This textbook of high quality Petite Sirah also offers up spicy oak, big tannins, and a long pleasing finish. This is a wine for aging and should taste terrific even after a decade of cellaring.


*** 2003 Jacob Franklin Petite Sirah Hayne Vineyard

This Petite Sirah from the renown Hayne Vineyard in Napa Valley is a dark purple and highly aromatic bottling, offering lots of blueberry and plum fruit, spice and earth on the nose. On the palate, this blend of 75% Petite Sirah and 25% Zinfandel, exhibits highly extracted lush black berry fruit with velvety and supple mouth feel. This big elegant wine is well-balanced with ripe tannins and offers a long pleasant finish. Only 10 barrels of this wine were produced.

   
  94 -Elyse 2002 AKA Zinfandel
93 -Elyse 2002 Korte Ranch Zinfandel
93 -Elyse 2002 Howell Mountain Zinfandel


Hats off to one of the good guys in the wine business, Ray Coursen, for these three outstanding 2002 Zinfandels. They are all about as good as Zinfandel can be… complex, rich savory, and ideal for drinking now and over the next 7-8 years.

The 2002 Zinfandel AKA tastes like a California version of a Rhône Valley Côte Rôtie, although it is admittedly more powerful. Aromas of black raspberries, flowers, spice box, and incense jump from the glass of this beautifully textured, deep ruby/purple-tinged effort. It is full-bodied, pure, heady, and lusty (15.7% alcohol).

Another knock-out effort is the 2002 Zinfandel Korte Ranch, which offers up abundant amounts of crushed rock, blueberry, raspberry, and plum characteristics as well as mouthcoating levels of glycerin. It's 15.9% alcohol is well-concealed by the wealth of fruit.

Lastly, the 2002 Zinfandel Howell Mountain (produced from the old Park Muscatine as well as the Black Sears vineyard) is a beautiful mountain Zinfandel displaying garrigue-like notes of underbrush, compost, black raspberries, blueberries, pepper, crushed stones, and white flowers. It possesses great fruit, full body, tremendous purity, and 15.7% alcohol.
                               - Issue 157 2/28/05
   
  92 - Elyse Tietjen Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2001
Grown on alluvial soils, this wine's distinctive red fruit falls somewhere between the flavor of persimmon and strawberries. It lends the wine an elegance and bright character, a balance to the darker, savory tones of the tannins. Firm and spicy, this should be drinking at its best six to eight years from the vintage.
(1,180 cases)
  88 - Elyse 2002 Rutherford Morisoli Vineyard Zinfandel
  Sweet flavors of roast tomatoes and beef bouillon make this a simple, Italianate style of zin for osso buco. (1,733 cases)
   
  87 Elyse 2002 California d'Aventure Red
  Bold and vibrant aromatics brighten the darker, earthy tones of this wine, both rosy and black. The soft, round texture will tie those elements to braised lamb. (1100 cases)
   
  87 Elyse 2001 Napa Valley Syrah
  Heady fruit scents of red plum fill this soft syrah, an easy red for grilled chopped sirloin. (918 cases)
   
  2002 Elyse, "Morisoli Vineyard" Zinfandel, Napa Valley (VERY HIGHLY RECCOMMENDED)
Medium-dark purplish ruby color; attractive, intense, briary, peppery, jammy, sweet raspberry fruit aroma with notes of vanilla; full body; big, forward, highly concentrated, rich, jammy, very ripe blackberry fruit flavors with notes of smoky oak and a touch of framboise; medium-full to full tannin; some heat on the slightly harsh finish; lingering aftertaste. Richly flavored and very appealing to drink now, though also has good aging potential.
   
  2001 Elyse, "Tietjen Vineyard", Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley (VERY HIGHLY RECCOMMENDED)
  Medium-dark ruby with purplish tinges; attractive, forward, intense, cedary, toasty, ripe black cherry fruit aroma with notes of chocolate and green olive; full body; big, forward, dense, concentrated, cedary, chalky, highly extracted, ripe blackberry fruit flavors with good depth; full tannin; lingering aftertaste…...
   
  90- Elyse Winery Zinfandel Napa Valley Morisoli 2001
  90- Elyse Winery Zinfandel Howell Mountain 2001
These are two of the finest Zinfandels I have tasted from Elyse. The Napa bottling of 2001 Zinfandel Morisoli reveal as ripe raspberry and cherry fruit with notions of spice and pepper in its fragrant, expressive bouquet. Medium-boded, with nicely integrated wood, and no hard edges, it will drink well for 2-4 years. Produced from a cooler climate vineyard, the elegant, dark ruby/purple-colored 2001 Zinfandel Howell Mountain exhibits more blue fruits than black or red along with good structure, well-integrated acidity, and a sweet, ripe finish. Consume it over the next 3-4 years.
   
  2004 Commercial Wine Competition Awards

Gold Medal
2001 Elyse Syrah, Napa Valley
2002 Elyse Pinot Noir, Napa Valley

Silver Medal
2001 Tietjen Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford

Bronze Medal
2002 D'Aventure, California
2001 Morisoli Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford

   
  91- Elyse Winery Zinfandel Howell Mountain 2001
Intense, with rich, supple texture, wild berry, coffee grounds, black pepper and blackberry flavors, spicy oak and hazelnut. Finishes with a burst of heat. (JL)
  91- Elyse Winery Zinfandel Howell Mountain 2001
 
Intense and extracted, with a rich, supple texture, mixing wild berry, coffee grounds, black pepper and blackberry flavors that are exotic and concentrated, with spicy oak and hazelnut flavors. Finishes with a burst of heat on the finish. Drink now through 2008. ( JL)