EHLERS ESTATE NAMES KEVIN MORRISEY WINEMAKER AND GENERAL MANAGER
Posted Feb 11 2009 2:50pm
Ehlers Estate is pleased to announce the appointment of Kevin Morrisey to the position of winemaker and general manager. Morrisey comes to Ehlers Estate from the acclaimed Stags’ Leap Winery where he was the winemaker and general manager since the spring of 2005.
A graduate of the Master’s program in Enology at the University of California, Davis, Morrisey brings with him a reputation for making complex, structured, and balanced wines that express terroir. With dual French/American citizenship, Morrisey took an internship in Pomerol working for legendary winemaker Jean-Claude Berrouet at Château Pétrus. Shortly after his return to the United States, Morrisey joined the team at Stags’ Leap Winery, where he rapidly advanced from enologist to assistant winemaker to associate winemaker. In 2003, Tony Soter, the renowned founder of Etude Wines, hired Morrisey to work alongside him as winemaker and director of operations. In 2005, when Winemaker Robert Brittan left Stags’ Leap, Morrisey was asked back to oversee all aspects of winemaking and operations for the historic Napa Valley estate.
“Kevin is a gifted winemaker, who has learned his craft from mentors on two continents,” says Mark Larson, Ehlers Estate’s chief executive officer. “His approach to winemaking is an extension of his connection to the land and his passion for winegrowing. Kevin believes in creating site-specific, terroir-driven wines—which is at the core of our winemaking philosophy here at Ehlers Estate.” Larson added that, in addition to overseeing winemaking at Ehlers and guiding the winery’s estate wines program, Kevin will apply his extensive leadership skills as general manager of the company.
“Being a part of the small, dedicated team at Ehlers Estate is something I am very excited about,” says Morrisey. “This is a classic, proven, Cabernet terroir that is being meticulously farmed. The wines are made at a century-old winery with a rich history, and there is a passion and an intimacy to the approach that I find very inspiring. Ehlers has a great and truly unique mission. Like the Napa Valley, Ehlers Estate has a lot of heart.”
Ehlers Estate combines a historic winegrowing estate, environmental consciousness and international philanthropy. The winery’s diverse Napa Valley vineyard, which is biodynamically farmed and organically certified, is cultivated as a mosaic of 32 small vineyard blocks to produce exceptional estate-grown Bordeaux-varietal wines. All proceeds from the sale of these wines fund international cardiovascular research through the esteemed Leducq Foundation.