Elyse Winery

Mixed Black
2011 Red Wine
Napa Valley

2012 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 16 | Lot No. 52


Elyse Winery

Mixed Black

Red Wine
Napa Valley

5 cases produced

This one-of-a-kind wine is made predominantly of Zinfandel and Petite Sirah from the vineyards of Morisoli, Black-Sears, Korte Ranch, Hayne and Battuello. This "Mixed Black" wine draws its inspiration from the way Napa Valley farmers used to plant their vineyards, with the blending taking place in the vineyard, not the winery- because they weren't growing grapes, they were growing a wine.

Aging Process

10 months in 25% new oak.

Mike Trotta

Winemaker, Elyse Winery

Winemaker, Mike Trotta

In 2000, I worked a harvest at Bernardus Winery and made delicate wines using traditional Burgundian methods. From there I went to South Australia and worked a vintage at Yalumba Winery and was exposed to large-scale production and progressive techniques. Starting as assistant winemaker for Elyse Winery in 2001, my approach to winemaking is a balance of these sometimes opposing traditional and progressive styles.

Country born: United States

Education: I grew up in Southern California and studied Microbiology at CSU Northridge. My fascination with fermentation was ignited there and continued at Fresno State.

Years in the wine industry: 10-15 years

Winemaking Philosophy:
In a word - Blending. I have never tasted a young wine that could not be improved in some way by blending.

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