Traditionally a Spanish grape, Tempranillo has thrived in the rocky blue schist and quartz soils at the famed Shake Ridge Ranch. Only 1.4 acres are planted to this variety and the fruit is organically farmed and cared for by expert vineyard manager and Shake Ridge Ranch proprietor, Ann Kraemer. This medium-bodied wine is somewhat restrained and benefits from decanting which will help open up the complex notes of plum, tobacco, and look for a satisfying minerality on the finish. While it benefits from oak aging, this isn't the dried out style that turns me off about so many of the expressions from Spain. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.125 cases produced.
High up in the Sierras, Shake Ridge Ranch has quickly become one of the most famous vineyards in California with cool, high-altitude nights, sublime rocky soil and impeccable farming.
John Lockwood started in the California wine industry in 2004 working at Heron Lake vineyard. He went on to work harvests at Littorai, Bodega Melipal in Argentina, and Failla Wines. He started Enfield Wine Co. in 2010 as small side-project while still working at Failla, and in 2013 Enfield became a full time project. Driven by soil first, Enfield seeks out vineyards that possess a distinct and powerful sense of place – across region, grape variety, and vine age. Working with small vineyards and independent growers, every step of the process is guided by the intent to maximize this character of terroir. Grapes are harvested for balance and the wines are all given the chance to ferment naturally. The wines have been met with serious critical acclaim and we're excited to have them in our portfolio.More from this winery
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