Winemaking Team Notes: "The Vineyard - The historic Enz vineyard was planted in 1923 deep in the central coast’s Gabilan Mountain range located east of Monterey. The vineyard is dry-farmed and organically tended, growing in a unique mix of granite and limestone-rich loam. The gnarled 95 year old Mourvèdre vines are head-trained, basket-pruned, and own rooted. Enz has the distinction of being the sole vineyard in the Lime Kiln Valley AVA. The Wine - Hand-harvested on September 19th, the Mourvèdre grapes were foot-tread and fermented 100% whole cluster with native yeast, basket pressed, then aged in five neutral oak barrels for ten months, then bottled July 12th 2018. A core of Mourvèdre meatiness, balanced with luscious floral, wild rose aromatics and earthy tannin connote depth and elegance."
Critic Tasting Notes: "The 2017 Mourvèdre Enz Vineyard is compelling. Pliant and supple, it demonstrates lovely varietal character, and the 100% whole clusters add striking aromatic lift and freshness without marking the wine too strongly. Touches of rose petal, mint and bright, red-toned fruit grace the silky yet deep finish. A rare Mourvèdre that offers quite a bit of nuance and overall dimension. This is the first wine I have tasted from Caitlin Quinn (who is also the assistant winemaker at Arnot-Roberts), and it is a beauty." 92pts. Vinous, 5/2019 (AG)