2008 Elyse Black-Sears Vineyard Napa Valley RSVP Zinfandel

Although this label has been around a while, (25 years) this was my first taste of this families highly regarded wines. Turns out, I like a lot about this winery because they believe winemaking is like cooking without flame, a theory I have held as a truism for quite some time now. Some of the best winemakers I know happen to be some of the best chefs I know.

The wine exudes aromas of sweet red fruit and white pepper.   Those aromas will have your mouth watering before the wine hits your lips. In the mouth, the wine develops the sweetest savory flavors I have ever tasted in a dry red wine. There is a dark cherry and a plum-hoisin element to the flavors that exhibits notes of smoky bacon with a hint of fresh ground pepper. Texturally the wine is light for its pedigree and the finish lingers with that Hoisin and bacon element for a while making you desire those flavors again before the finish is gone. We served this with some local Carlton Farms smoked pork shoulder, baked sweet potato and of course MacDaddy’s Memphis slaw. Awesome! 769 case production.

2008 Elyse Black-Sears Vineyard Napa Valley RSVP Zinfandel

Rating: Excellent (90) | $35 | 14.4% ABV

Elyse Black-Sears Zinfandel

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