2017 ENZ VINEYARD "SABROSO"
The Grape is "100% Gros Verdot, one of the lost Bordeaux varieties not replanted after phylloxera. Locally known as Cabernet Pfeffer, these are 35yr old organic and dry farmed vines. The Lime Kiln Valley AVA is known only for the vineyards planted by the Enz family originally in 1895 and 1922. It is an important site for California viticulture and a key expression of how the San Andreas faultline influences the region. The 2016 winter was the year that broke the drought so there was more fruit and leaf growth with healthier production overall and just remanents of vine stress from the drought. "Sabroso" is a Spanish word that translates to "tasty". Enjoy fresh with a slight chill."
Tasting Notes: In the glass, the 2017 Sabroso is a light, see-through ruby with hints of magenta and pink, with a perfumed nose of ripe fruits and florals. There are notes of purple fruits and flowers (figs, beetroot, lavender) along with blue and black plum, wild berries, underbrush, and black pepper. It is light-bodied and juicy, with a refreshing tanginess to the finish
Technical Notes: HARVESTED 09 / 19 / 17, NINE TOTAL BARRELS MADE, WHOLE CLUSTER IN CEMENT TANK WITH CO2, 5 DAYS CARBONIC MACERATION, IN BARREL FOR 8 MONTHS BOTTLED IN MAY 2018
Pairing: Lamb chops, bacon wrapped pork loin, spicy tomato sauce pasta, grilled salmon, root vegetables