Elyse - Over in Napa Valley now, Elyse is a best known for their Cabernet though their Nero Misto (AKA mixed blacks) has always been one of my favorite wines from them. They also produce a small amount of Zinfandel from the famed Morisoli vineyard, better known for its Cabernet. This is classic Napa Zinfandel, big, lush and packed with ripe dark fruits. It’s a Cabernet vineyard and a Cabernet house so the wine is made in a bit of a Cabernet style, but if you like that style this is a wine to seek out.
This opens on the nose with a huge toast,  American oak and Zinfandel explosion Spicy and sweet with a coconut note, crushed wild berry, blackberry fruit and some violet accents. The texture is super ripe and rich but not weighty. Packed with rich fruit, all black raspberry and tannins are so finely knit together that they flesh out the mouth without being intrusive. I love the texture here and the rich raspberry fruit on the midpalate, gaining nice lift from the acids here and driving the wild cherry and spiced flavors across the long, earthy finish. A bit of a power packed, velvety Zinn but in its style it’s excellent. 93pts