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Enfield Wine Co Waterhorse Ridge Cabernet Sauvignontext
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Enfield Wine Co Waterhorse Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Sonoma County, California, United StatesFrom Sonoma County's tiny Fort Ross - Seaview AVA's Waterhorse Ridge Vineyard, and its loamy/volcanic soils, this cabernet is cooled by its elevation and proximity to the Pacific, 5 miles away. The 2-acre dry farm, organic, no-till vineyard is farmed and owned by grower Jesus Velasquez. Enfield Wine Co. is the family project of John Lockwood and Amy Seese, focused solely on producing low-intervention wines of individuality and place. John typically farms the sites himself, but this vineyard, nearly 20 years old, was so meticulously cared for by Jesus, he leaves it in capable hands. It was a native co-fermented field blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc & 3% Petit Verdot, with 20% whole cluster. After a two week ferment, the wine aged for 18 months in a mix of 500L Puncheons and 225L barrels (10% new) before being bottled unfined & unfiltered. The early warm 2017 harvest pushed the vines into ripening mode, resulting in a plusher mouthfeel than the slight 2016 Cab. Dusky plum, ripe black raspberry flow along the cushy palate, seasoned with ample violets and wildflowers, and framed with softer, cushy tannins. Still quite finessed and pretty, through a sultrier lens this year.Tasted: 25 May 2021Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: BC 125.00 private wine stores Producer: Enfield Wine Co.Distributors: Sur Lie
Grape: Cabernet SauvignonCSPC: 49880