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Tasting notes on three wines from Eno Wines, Wednesday, April 5, 2006. The wines were tasted in a single non-blind flight over a period of six hours. The '03s are current releases and were from 750ml bottles.

Overall impressions: each of these wines were very good to excellent - in fact, I'm hard pressed to declare a favorite, I like them all that much. Pricing is very good, with the Syrah certainly a steal at $22. Looking for both smaller unknown vineyards, in addition to well-established sources seems to be something that Sasha Verhage prefers. He certainly has done a very nice job with these wines, from sourcing to winemaking to the labeling graphics.

Tasting Notes

2003 Eno Zinfandel "The Hero's Journey" - Teldeschi Vnyd, Dry Creek Valley. $25
Medium ruby garnet color. Nose of brambly raspberry, wild strawberry and herbed spices give it a nice sappy note. Moderately full in mouthfeel, with lovely ripe strawberry and raspberry fruit, excellent balance and a spicy long finish. Just flat-out delicious!
Production: 70 cases.

Behind the Label

Eno wines' proprietor and winemaker Sasha Verhage has been making small batches of wine since 1999. His amateur wines have been medal finishers at a multitude of Fairs and competitions, and for the past few years he has apprenticed under Tom Leaf, of Grape Leaf Cellars. Sasha has also taken a number of winemaking and viticulture courses at UC Davis, and has traveled to Italy, Australia, and many California wineries to research winemaking techniques.

Producing handmade wines from premium vineyards, Eno is making high quality wines from established vineyards, or those with great potential. The wine making techniques are based on minimal intervention, and bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Vineyard Sources:

Ray Teldeschi's meticulous vineyard is nestled in the heart of Dry Creek Valley. His head pruned vines date back over 115 years ago. Old vine field selections were taken to plant a new selection. UC Davis recognized this vineyard by archiving in ZAP's Heritage Zinfandel project. This vineyard has sourced fruit for many well-known wineries , such as Ridge, Ravenswood, and upcoming producers like Carlisle and Grape Leaf Cellars.

2003 Eno Pinot Noir "The Great Promise" - Fairview Road Ranch, Santa Lucia Highlands. $30
Dark ruby color. Beautiful nose of bing and black cherry, cola spices and a touch of dried citrus. Full mouthfeel, with juicy acidity, lots of dark cherry fruit, and a nice crispness from mid-palate through the smooth long finish. Fascinating wine - dark Santa Lucia Highlands fruit and spice, with a Russian River-like balance. 14.1% alcohol.
Production: 85 cases.


2003 Eno Syrah "The Old Soul" - Casatierra Vnyd, Fiddletown. $22
Dark ruby color. Fabulous nose of blackberry and blueberry pie, bittersweet chocolate, with a touch of leather, herb and licorice. Rich and full in mouthfeel, mouthwatering acids, lots of of black fruit with spicy overtones, excellent balance, and fine-grained sweet tannins to carry it through the smooth long finish.
Production: 70 cases.

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