Elyse Winery2002 Syrah
What we have here is a Napa Valley rendition of a Châteauneuf du Pape at perhaps half the price ($28). The blend is Syrah (93 percent) and Viognier from various sources from throughout the valley. The Viognier comes from the Altamura Vineyard in Napa, while the Syrah is sourced from the Souyoultiz Vineyard in St. Helena, and Shifflett and Delouise vineyards in Napa.
The wine exhibits food-alluring smoked bacon aromas but the palate is completely different with a lovely, satin-like texture. But make no mistake this wine is substantial and simply delicious.
The wine was aged for 22 months in French oak, of which only 20 percent was new. The alcohol is 14.4 percent and there were 784 cases produced.
Reviewed February 28, 2006 by Alan Goldfarb.
Alan Goldfarb has been writing about and reviewing wine for 17 years. His reviews have been published in the St. Helena Star, San Jose Mercury, San Francisco Examiner, Decanter, and Wine Enthusiast, among others. Not once has he used a point system, star system, or an iconic symbol to quantify a wine. What counts in Mr. Goldfarb’s criteria when judging a wine is: how it tastes in the glass; is it well-constructed; its food compatibility; and presence of redeeming regional attributes.