Elyse Winery - Our Wines

Our Wines

Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot

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2013 Morisoli Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Dark garnet colored with captivating aromas of cassis, blackberry, cedar, dark chocolate, and forest floor. On the palate, it is full-bodied with broad flavors of currant, black cherry, espresso crema, clove, and graphite followed by hints of sweet oak, bright acidity, and those signature dusty tannins of the Rutherford appellation. True to form, this wine displays year after year the power and elegance that is so characteristic of this renowned vineyard. $85 Retail


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2013 Holbrook Mitchell Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Deep, dark ruby colored with explosive aromatics of blackberry, mulberry, allspice, and kirsch. The palate is richly textured with big fruit flavors of wild currant, cassis, and blackberry pie along with notes of cola, savory herbs, licorice, and cardamom. This wine is full- bodied with beautifully ripe fruit and firm tannins that lead to a long and pleasing finish. $55 Retail


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2013 Hossfeld Vineyard Merlot

Our Hossfeld Merlot is medium ruby colored with captivating aromas of black plum, smoke, anise, angelica root, cedar, dried herbs and tobacco. It is lavishly textured with deep, dense fruit flavors of wild plums, blueberries, cassis and nectarines as well as hints of baking spice. This wine is rich and intense on the palate with well integrated tannins and a long finish. This Merlot thinks it's a Cab! $65 Retail


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Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Our Napa Valley Cabernet is a cuvée of Napa's best vineyard sources, focused on power with balance. Starting with a nose of red fruits, leather, and baking spices, this full-bodied cabernet swoops in with a silky, bright texture and vibrant finish.


Our current Vintage is sold out.

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Tietjen Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Our Tietjen Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is darkly colored with brilliant clarity. Fruit and oak are seamlessly integrated in this complex and balanced Cabernet. Aromas of cassis, black cherries, earthy spices, and cedar greet you upon entry. Once on the palate, the wine displays flavors of ripe cherries, cocoa, espresso, mint, and warm spices. The tannins, long and soft, provide just enough grip to hold all the nuanced components together. Rutherford at its best.

Our current vintage is sold out.


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Napa Valley Merlot

Our Napa Valley Merlot is deep dark in color with a creamy texture and firm long tannins. Intense aromas of cassis, coffee and dusty rose petals give way to underlying flavors of wild cherries, blueberries and hints of olive tapenade. On the palate, this full-bodied wine provides amazing balance and a harmony of flavors.


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Zinfandel

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2013 Morisoli Vineyard Zinfandel

We have been making Zinfandel from the Morisoli Vineyard since 1986 and have been the only producer working with these grapes since 1988. The old field- blend vines, Rutherford Bench terroir, and traditional farming practices always create a truly distinctive style of Zinfandel. The 2013 Morisoli Zinfandel is aromatically teasing with scents of crushed berries, violets, bacon and cinnamon. It is lush all the way across the palate with bright but deep flavors of raspberry, blackberry and cassis with a creamy texture and ripe, leathery sweet tannins. $40 Retail


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2013 Dry Creek Zinfandel

Our Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel is garnet red in color with pleasing aromas of baking spice, boysenberry, cherry, citrus, rosemary, chocolate and clove. It is full and rich on the palate with a smooth mouthfeel and flavors of red and black wild berries, mocha, maple and hints of savory herb and citrus zest. This wine is balanced and complex with succulent fruit and subtle dusty tannins on the long finish. $40 Retail


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2013 Korte Ranch Zinfandel

Deep garnet colored with generous aromas of raspberry, black plum, caramel, cinnamon, clove and orange zest. Smooth entry with a broad mouthfeel leading to bright and lively flavors of sweet blackberry, blueberry, cracked black pepper, cassis and hints of coffee, licorice and spice. Lush and lavishly textured this wine's well integrated tannins and rich fruit. $40 Retail


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Whites & Alternative Reds

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2015 Nero Misto

Nero Misto (Italian for “Mixed Black”) is like a hippo on a tightrope: big, bodacious, and above all, balanced. This wine is ruby purplish in color with aromas of wild black fruits, sage and baking spice. It is medium to full-bodied and lushly textured with deep juicy flavors of mixed berry and pomegranate along with subtle notes of licorice, black pepper and Asian spice. This homage to the Cal-Ital blends of early Napa is as simple or complex as you would like and is truly such a purely enjoyable wine! $33 Retail


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2014 C'est si Bon

This wine is a light and delightful cuvée with intriguing aromas of wild cherry, black raspberry, tangerine peel, herbs de Provence and pomegranate along with subtle hints of earthy spice. On the palate, a sweet core of wild plum, raspberry, dried currant and a hint of minerality lead to a silky, sensuous mouthfeel and genuinely long finish. The 2014 C'est Si Bon is medium in body and amazingly well balanced with lively fruit, soft tannins and bright acidity. A perfect marriage of depth, balance and finesse. C'est si Bon is just way too easy to drink! $33 Retail


Our current vintage is sold out.

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2013 York Creek Petite Sirah

Our York Creek Petite Sirah is almost black in color with elegant aromas and flavors of juicy wild berries, plums, and hints of licorice, incense, and forest floor. It is richly textured and full bodied on the palate with powerful fruit flavors that are balanced by firm, ripe tannins leading to a long lasting finish. $40 Retail


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2015 Sonoma County Chardonnay

Our 2015 Chardonnay has intriguing aromatics of golden apples, citrus blossoms, melon, Bartlett pears, clay and white flowers. It is well balanced, clean and crisp on the palate with bright flavors of stone fruit, citrus, creme brulee, and quince. This wine is layered with complex flavors that are lifted by vibrant acidity leading to a long, refreshing finish with just a hint of French oak. $40 Retail


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2017 Elyse Rosé

Our Rosé is made in the style of the wonderful wines of Tavel, Lirac and Bandol. A small portion of juice is bled off (saignée) the freshly de-stemmed fruit. The juice is allowed to ferment in experienced barrels and is then aged for five months sur lie. This wine is wonderfully colored with a brilliant pink hue and has delicate aromas of strawberries, raspberries, rhubarb, and rose petals. On the palate it is full and balanced with great acidity and plenty of fresh fruit character that keeps it crisp, lively and ever so enjoyable. Rosés are a great companion to most foods and are just plain fun to drink.


Our current vintage is sold out.

Dessert Wine

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2015 Forté

Our Port-style wine began with 1.34 tons of ultra-ripe Zinfandel from the Morisoli Vineyard in Rutherford. Native yeasts were allowed to consume about two-thirds of the initial grape sugar before the fermentation was arrested by adding barrel aged Zinfandel and Viognier Brandy from Germain-Robin Alambic - America's best brandy producer, and quite possibly one of the world's greatest - in Mendocino County. $35 Retail


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Angelica

Our non-vintage dessert wine is crafted from Mission grape vines in the Shenandoah Valley that were planted in 1856 and reside at a 1,300-foot elevation. We fortified the Mission wine with Brandy, let it all sit in barrel for six years, and used the solera system of blending in four different vintages over time. The result is delicious, a strong essence of cherry, dried fruit and molasses perfectly sippable and balanced. $55 Retail


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