2008 Elyse Morisoli Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine Review: Elyse Morisoli Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford Napa Valley


I always get excited when we get samples from Elyse. They make great wines, and they are one of the few California wineries who still age their wines for a few years before release. The 2008 vintage in Napa Valley suffered from some frost damage and lowered yields, but quality of fruit was good producing wines with good concentration. This Elyse Morisoli Cabernet Sauvignon from that vintage is well structured yet still a little tight and has plenty of finesse. 

The wine is comprised of 96% Cabernet Sauvignon; the balance is Petit Verdot. Six years into this wines journey, it has youthful energy, and generosity is a trait it has not been endowed with yet. There is a depth of complexity in the aromas that hint that, in a couple of years, this wine will have plenty of generosity. The plushness of texture is a pleasure to experience on the palate. This wine expresses its blue fruit, mocha and vanilla flavors with finesse and refinement. The considerably lengthy finish is showy with hints of cocoa and cedar. Bold comfort foods that are straight forward will pair best letting the complexities in wine be the star of the show. Although very enjoyable now, 3-5 years cellaring will reward all those with the patience to wait. 777 case production.

Rating: Excellent (92) | $70 | 14.8% ABV

Elyse Morisoli Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon


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Marc has held almost every position in the food & wine industry and is committed to Celebrating Hospitality with Pride. In addition to being the co-founder and editor-at-large for Enobytes, Marc is a wine blogger contributor to OregonLive.com (Wine Bytes) and writes the Wine Knowledge column in the print magazine About Face. The Contra Costa County Times, San Jose Mercury News, Tacoma Times Tribune and Washington Post have either interviewed or quoted Marc on his viniferous and culinary opinions. Marc has also appeared on Portland's "Vine Time" on News Radio 750 KXL and on California's Central Coast "From the Growing of the Grape to the Glass" on KUHL-AM 1410. He is also the author of A History of Pacific Northwest Cuisine: Mastodons to Molecular Gastronomy. While continuing to tenaciously search for what he may finally proclaim as his favorite wine Marc is relentless in his quest for the ultimate food and wine experience.

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