The historic Enz vineyard was planted in 1922 deep in the central coast’s Gabilan Mountain range located east of Monterey on the San Andreas fault. The vineyard is dry-farmed and organically tended, growing in a unique mix of granite and limestone-rich loam. The gnarled 98 year old Mourvèdre vines are head-trained, basket-pruned, and own-rooted. Enz has the distinction of being the sole vineyard in the far flung Lime Kiln Valley AVA.
2018 was a later harvest year which allowed for greater flavor development without accumulating higher sugars, resulting in a tense and brilliant wine at lower alcohol. Hand-harvested on October 18th, 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. A core of Mourvèdre density is balanced with luscious floral wild rose aromatics, and the saline, earthy tannin impart depth and elegance. 12% abv