Elyse Winery

2009 Grenache
Los Carneros

2011 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 15 | Lot No. 58
Vintage

2009

Elyse Winery

Grenache
Los Carneros

5 cases produced

If given the opportunity to create something truly unique, would you simply follow a blueprint laid out by others because it would be what’s expected? Or would you throw caution to the wind and kick convention to the curb? We scoured our cellar for the components of this Grenache-based blend, then carefully interwove accents and textures from several lots until the true character of the wine emerged. It is our pleasure to offer you this one-ofa- kind wine. We hope you derive as much enjoyment from tasting it as we did while crafting it.


Aging Process

22 months in 50% new French oak.

Wine Facts

  • pH: 3.69

Tasting Chart

bone dry very sweet
light body very full bodied
soft, gentle very crisp
no tannins heavy tannins

Ray Coursen

Winemaker, Elyse Winery

Winemaker, Ray Coursen

My nine-year tenure at Whitehall Lane Winery under the tutelage of Art Finkelstein, first as a cellar worker and then as head winemaker, honed my skills in the art of blending and was the inspiration for my winemaking style today.

Since that time and through building Elyse Winery to what it is today, I have been fortunate to work with some of the best growers, staff and other industry professionals
Personal: Cooking, reading, and traveling for pleasure.

Country born: United States

Education: Attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in Hotel Management for one year and then took off for Europe and Africa to follow a childhood dream of traveling around the world.
After graduating from Stockbridge Agricultural College at the University of Massachusetts with a degree in Botany/Pomology, I worked harvest at Mt. Eden Winery in Saratoga in 1983.
After that, I moved to Napa Valley and worked for Tonella Vineyard Management, gaining philosophical perspective and practical knowledge working in the vineyards.
Started at Whitehall Lane Winery in the tasting room while apprenticing for Art Finkelstein in the cellar.

Years in the wine industry: 20-30 years

Winemaking Philosophy:
Winemaking is cooking without a flame. Our winemaking philosophy at Elyse is similar to the approach of a great chef who carefully prepares artisan-grown ingredients to bring each layer of flavor to the table.

Q&A With the Winemaker

Q: Premiere Napa Valley wines are innovative and allow each winery to showcase the region's sense of exploration in fine winemaking. What kind of exploration did your Premiere Napa Valley wine allow you to do?

A: It allowed me to resist all outside distractions and artfully create a masterpiece. I am inspired by the great wines of Chateauneuf du Pape, and this particular blend of Rhone varietals lent themselves naturally to a marriage of flavors and textures.

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