Eno Zinfandel - Teldeschi Vnyd, Dry Creek Valley. $18
Medium ruby garnet color. Nose of wild strawberry and tea, with
a nice spicy raspberry streak and a touch of old-vine scent. Moderately
full in mouthfeel, with very nice strawberry and raspberry fruit,
excellent balance and a smooth long finish. Very "claret-like"
in style, this Zin is more about balance. Production:
Eno Zinfandel - Damas Vnyd, Fiddletown. $14.
Medium-dark garnet color. Bigger in the nose than the Teldeschi
version, showing riper fruit, with more boysenberry and bramble
qualities. Full in mouthfeel, with nice texture and weight, plenty
of fruit, excellent balance and a very long slightly gripping finish.
The name here is a homage to the small town of Fiddletown. Production:
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
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.
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.
Damas Vnyd is planted of an Amador Countyon hillside volcanic
soil, overlooking the famous Eschen Vnyd. (Ridge made a single
vineyard designate from Eschen in the 1970's).
Eno Pinot Noir - Morelli Lane Vnyd, Russian River Valley.
Dark ruby color. Beautiful nose of black cherry, perfume, and floral
aromas. Full mouthfeel, lots of lovely cinnamon-scented dark fruit,
with touches of red fruit and spice. Smooth and seductive on the
palate, with excellent balance and long finish.
Eno Zinfandel - Teldeschi Vnyd, Dry Creek Valley.
Medium-dark ruby garnet color. Rich nose of dark fruit and spices,
with a faint touch of licorice in the background. More full-throttle
in mouthfeel than the '01 version, with lots of strawberry and boysenberry
flavors, and a nice spiciness throughout the long finish. Slightly
over 16% in alcohol, but this wine wears it very well.
Eno Syrah - Casatierra Vnyd, Fiddletown.
Dark ruby color. Fabulous nose of blackberry compote, roasted
coffee, glove leather, and anise seed. Rich and full mouthfeel,
plenty of dark fruit, with tar and licorice accents, excellent balance,
and a smooth long finish.