Enfield Wine Co. is the family project of John Lockwood and Amy Seese, with a focus on producing wines of personality. They do not subscribe to the ideal of the perfect wine, but to the notion that the very best wines tell a unique story.
Driven by soil first and foremost, Enfield Wine Co. seeks out vineyards that possess a distinct and powerful sense of place – across region, grape variety, and vine age. Working only 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 lineup of wines extends from fresh, mineral driven everyday wines, to quirky “off the beaten path” vineyards and varietals, and age-worthy wines of elegance and power from classic regions of California. Each has its own story to tell.
After surviving a summer job in high school hand-weeding grape vines at a winery in Vermont and studying as an apprentice to a Master Luthier (guitar builder) in Oakland, John Lockwood got his start in the California wine industry in 2004 working up at Heron Lake vineyard with David Mahaffey. He went on to work harvests with Ted Lemon at Littorai, Bodega Melipal in Argentina, and Failla Wines with Ehren Jordan where he worked for 5 years farming and managing the Sonoma Coast and Russian River estate vineyards. He started Enfield Wine Co. in 2010 as small side-project while still working at Failla, and in 2013 took the plunge with Enfield as a full time project.
100% Pinot Noir from Heron Lake Vineyard, Wild Horse Valley appellation. 1500 ft altitude. 12.4% Alc.
Despite its location just a few miles from downtown Napa, few vineyards are as isolated and unique as Heron Lake. Perched on a high, rocky outpost above San Pablo Bay, the vineyard catches the ocean breeze as it rises up into the Vaca Mountains. The vines are planted in extremely shallow and rocky volcanic soils and this intersection of cool coastal climate and rugged soil profile creates wines that express a daring combination of freshness, acidity, depth and texture.
The Pinot Noir grapes were fully de-stemmed into bins where they were gently foot tread and left over night on the skins. The juice was pressed off the following day and fermented with native yeasts in neutral 500L French oak puncheons, undergoing full secondary ML fermentation. The wine was aged for 5 months in the same puncheons and bottled unfined and unfiltered.
This wine shows off the coastal nature of Heron Lake, emphasizing salinity and minerality over a more delicate spice. While the fruit is joyful, the wine is subtile and nuanced-floating in the world between rosé and light, fresh red. It is meant to be drunk both young and for at least a couple of years after bottling.