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2016 “All's Well that Enz Well
Wine Specs
Vintage
2016
Varietal
100% pinot noir
Appellation
Cienega Valley
Vineyard Designation
Enz
TA
6.0 g/L
pH
3.4
Aging
Drinkable upon release (Sept. 2017), 5-8 years ageability
Serving Temperature
58° F
Label Artist
Chuck House
Alcohol %
13.4

2016 “All's Well that Enz Well" - Pinot Noir, Enz Vineyard

September 2017 DEWN Wine Club Release

The Enz justifies the means. A very complete Pinot that will repay years in the cellar.

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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Attack of the raspberries! A very lively raspberry, slightly peppery and green peppercorn nose make this an immediately appealing proposition. Fresh, bright acidity, crush of wild berries follows through on the palate. Light to medium tannin, very persistent finish. Very bright, deep plum color with an undeniable quality of “Pinot-ness” in the nose. (I define that as a sort of beetroot meets licorice meets candied cherry.) A very complete Pinot that will repay years in the cellar.
Ratings
94 Points, Grapelive.com | "The wine coming from this dry farmed old vine vineyard in Lime Kiln Valley on the eastern side of the Gabilan Mountains Range are bursting with natural energy and depth, this site is a special site set on decomposed granite and limestone soils makes for unique and richly flavored bottlings like this beauty of a Pinot Noir from Bonny Doon. Nicknamed “All’s Well that Enz Well” this young and fresh Pinot is gorgeous in detail and wonderfully textured with racy maraschino cherry, pretty floral tones, distilled raspberry and earthy wild plum and home garden mini strawberry fruits along with mineral essences, cinnamon, forest chanterelles, sticky lavender, sweet Thai basil and salty stones. Amazingly well put together already, the French barrels are ghosting into the background and the mouth feel is hedonistically pleasing with an almost creaminess, but it’s the vibrancy and intensity of fruit that charms and seduces here in this lovely wine. Lively acidity lifts this Pinot and holds the lush fruit in check, look for a more classic profile to slowly to emerge with time in the bottle, in fact you can already see elements that can be compared to Nuits Saint-Georges and while tannins are refined and silky there is a lot of potential here. Tasted with a full set of Randall Grahm’s current releases all of which shined, I needed a day of two to reflect on just how good this Enz Vineyard Pinot is... it’s great now, but should get even more complex and thrilling in the course of the next 5 to 10 years in bottle. Honestly, this might be one of the best reds by this winery, especially Pinot that they’ve done in recent years, and this vineyard is certainly one of the un-sung heroic sites in the central coast, mostly known for their 92 year old Mourvedre vines, of which I’ve fallen in love with in Ian Brand’s awesome version. Bonny Doon is making some of the best wines ever, there is no resting on his laurels with Randall Grahm and he is continuing his exploration of the un-traditional and weird with fantastic results, it’s a great time to rediscover this winery!" --Kerry Winslow, Grapelive.com
Vineyard Notes
We have literally gone to the Enz of the earth to find an appropriate spot for Pinot Noir in California, in this case, to the end of Lime Kiln Rd. in the Cienega Valley of San Benito County. No one has truly explained why Pinot Noir loves limestone so much, but Pinot’s affinity for calcareous soil is an incontrovertible truth. We seek both elegance and power in Pinot, and of course, the haunting fragrance that seems to most reliably arise from a calcareous provenance.
Winemaker Notes
I am obsessed with Pinot Noir, as you have undoubtedly learned by now, and have looked both high and low for the Pinot of my dreams.
Food Pairing Notes
Find a bird, any bird. Other ideas include Pan-Seared Duck Breasts with Red Wine-Raspberry Sauce, beet ravioli and, of course, Thanksgiving dinner.
Production
208 cases
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