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Elyse Winery

2100 Hoffman Lane
Napa, CA 94558

Tasting:   By appointment only, please call
$10 tasting fee credited with purchase
10% case discount
  Tours by Appointment
Price Range:   $15-$80 per bottle
Established:   1987
  16,000 cases
Winery Dog:   Otis and Bubba

Elyse Winery Description

Owner Ray and Nancy Coursen run the winery along with their children Jake and Elyse (for which the winery was named). In 1987, Elyse Winery was started with 286 cases of Zinfandel from the Morisoli Vineyard, which is still one of their primary fruit sources. For a decade the Coursens were considered nomads, buying grapes and crushing at various custom crush facilities, until 1997, when they purchased a small winery on Hoffman Lane.

The winery feels like you are stepping into a private residence and has a nice, warm family feel to it. Dogs Otis and Bubba and cat Moe act as the winery's welcome wagon and will send you on your way as well. Their flagship wines are their Napa Valley Morisoli Vineyard Cab Sauvignon and their Napa Valley Korte Ranch Zinfandel.

Ray Coursen works with a number of talented grape growers and sources his grapes from key sites throughout the valley, including the Morisoli Vineyard in Rutherford and Korte Vineyard in St. Helena. In 1998, the Coursens, looking to include their son Jake in the process, developed a second label called Jacob Franklin. These wines are primarily limited quantity bottlings sourced from low-yielding vineyard plots. They usually sell out fast and can only be found at the winery itself.

Elyse Winery Features

Ambiance Types of Wine Amenities
Off the Beaten Path
Family Run
Country Charm
Casual & Relaxed
Cabernet Sauvignon
Pinot Noir
Tours Available
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Mdenson, Parker
Really enjoyed our visit to Elyse. It did seem like we were visiting someone's home at first. Rick was very accommodating in allowing us to sample several offerings. The 07 Howell Mtn.Zinfandel is one of our favorites. This is a must on your stopping list.

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Lucky find
peter01, Fairfield
We stopped into Elyse after venturing off of Highway 29, and found the small winery at the end of the road. It felt more like someone's house than an actual winery. You could tell that it was a family run operation. We didn't have an appointment, but the tasting room host graciously accommodated us. Their wines show very nice balance and their Cabs go against the common Napa style. Nice, comfortable experience tasting off the main route.

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The above reviews are the subjective opinion of Winery Advisor members and not of California Winery Advisor.

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