Over the years, we at Wine on Piedmont have taken pride in introducing our customers to under-the-radar gems, and in being one of the first retailers to carry and up-and-coming new wineries. In this spirit, we are delighted to share this very promising first release from ENA wines with you. This Pinot Noir was easily one of our favorite wine discoveries of 2020.
After working at wineries from New Zealand to Napa, winemaker Eglatine Chauffour was inspired by Mendocino County's Mariah Vineyards, a magical and magnificent mountaintop island above the fog line with an enchanting energy and a lively ecosystem, to craft her own wine and create her own label.
ENA Pinot Noir Mariah Vineyard 2019 showcases a ruby color with violet hints. The nose is ample and fresh, opening with cranberries, raspberries and red currants that develop into wild dark cherries and violet. On the palate, the wine delivers tangible brightness and tension. The opulent mid palate delivers a plushness balanced out by a delicate silky tannin layer on your palate. The wine can be enjoyed now, but will continue to develop and improve over the next 5 to 10 years.
“There’s a surprising range of style in Mendocino Ridge AVA Pinot Noir and Eglantine Chauffour has handled her first vintage of 2019 Mariah Vineyard’s 115 Clone (Morey St. Denis) with kid gloves for a wine that’s both ethereal and complex. She’s promised more Pinot Noir and a Sauvignon Blanc in 2020.”
— Deborah Parker Wong, DWSET, Global Wine Editor, SOMM Journal