2013 - Second Amazing Drought Year

2013 Touché - Napa Valley     (Only 600 bottles were made)

96+ points (The Wine Advocate- RobertParker.com)

"The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Touché, which is the Reserve bottling, is a blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon from Diamond Mountain, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon from Mt. Veeder, 8% Cabernet Franc from Mt. Veeder, and 3% Merlot from Diamond Mountain. This wine speaks to the great blending genius of the late Denis Malbec. A sensational wine with loads of complexity, floral notes, blueberry, black raspberry, blackcurrant, earth and spice, the wine is full-bodied, gorgeously rich, yet at the same time, elegant. It is long, dense, and a tour de force that should drink well for 25-30 years. - Robert Parker

96 points (SteveHeimoff.com)

"This is the winery’s most expensive Cabernet. It’s a blend of their best barrels from their Diamond Mountain and Mount Veeder vineyards. It’s also, with their Bijou du Roi Cabernet, the oakiest of the six new releases (100% new French for 28 months). There’s a family resemblance with En Garde’s other 2013s: concentrated blackcurrant, cassis and green olive flavors, plus in this case a bacony, umami tang that adds to the pleasure. Cedary, toasty oak. Thick tannins, and acidity that’s fine and cleansing. If there’s a qualitative difference here, and there is, it’s in the purity. There’s a structural refinement that’s hard to put into words, a wholesome completeness that’s greater than the sum of its parts. Adjectives that come to mind are smooth, impeccable, dramatic, authoritative, delicious, lithe, and let’s not forget ageworthy: I would drink this now, but it should glide effortlessly through the decades. - Steve Heimoff

2013 Le Bijou du Roi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon - Diamond Mountain

95 points (The Wine Advocate - RobertParker.com)

"The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Bijou du Roy from Diamond Mountain seems to have a slightly more saturated purple color, although that’s splitting hairs, given the density of these wines. The nose speaks of flowers and blue and black fruits followed by a stunningly full-bodied, multi-dimensional mouthfeel, and a long, rich finish. This sensational wine is complex and potentially long-lived. It is approachable now but should hit its stride in 5-6 years and last for 25-30." - Robert Parker

95 points (SteveHeimoff.com)

"This mountain appellation in the Mayacamas Mountains always gives intensely concentrated, yet tannic, Cabernets than can take a lot of time in the cellar. The grapes are from the Sori Bricco Vineyard, which has been source to Cabernets from Nickel & Nickel and Von Strasser—not bad company to be in! The wine is, in a word, immense. The color is very dark, almost impenetrable. The aroma is young and intense: fresh black currants, green olives, oak (100% new French), and a lanolin note, like warm candle wax. In the mouth the flavors of blackcurrants and ripe blackberries have a floral edge of violet petals and anise. Very delicious, very complex. But those tannins are strong. Of course, they’re as finely-meshed as modern winemaking techniques can achieve, and there’s no reason you can’t drink the wine now. Yet in a proper cellar it should stride effortlessly through the next two decades. " - Steve Heimoff

2013 Adamus - Diamond Mountain

93+ points (The Wine Advocate - RobertParker.com)

"As for the 2013 Adamus from Diamond Mountain, this is rich, concentrated, seemingly less evolved than the Bijou du Roy, but potentially just as grand. It is dense purple, with loads of cassis, blackberry, licorice and incense. It is full-bodied, powerful, and needs another 3-4 years of bottle age, but can keep for 25-30 years." - Robert Parker

93 points (SteveHeimoff.com)

"This is a reserve-style selection from the winery’s block of the Sori Bricco Vineyard. The price is midway between the Bijou du Roi ($120, 95 points) and the regular Diamond Mountain ($90, 92 points), both of which also are from Sori Bricco. This is certainly a delicious, important Cabernet Sauvignon, rich and opulent, but I wonder why En Garde needs three wines from the same vineyard. With ultra-smooth tannins, complex black currant, green olive and oak flavors, and refreshing acidity, it’s a crowd-pleaser, but really, all three wines are so similar that most people could not detect any difference. Still, kudos to Csaba. He has amazing grapes and he is making amazing, ageable wines." - Steve Heimoff

90 points (Wine Enthusiast Magazine)

2013 Cabernet Sauvignon - Mount Veeder

95 points (SteveHeimoff.com)

"I fell in love with this wine with the first sip. Profound! So pure, so refined, so essence of Napa Valley mountain Cabernet. The vineyard is above the fogline so it gets more sun than down on the valley floor; there’s a ton of ripe, flashy blackcurrants and blueberries and blackberries. Oak, too: 67% new French for 21 months, which adds clove and vanilla notes. The wine feels dense and important, if you know what I mean: nothing flimsy here, just solid, packed juiciness and complexity. Also lots of mountain tannins that give it a certain astringency. Parker gave this wine 93 points. I’ll go to 95 points. You can drink it now, or over the next 20 years." - Steve Heimoff

94 points (Winemaker Challenge, San Diego)

93 points (The Wine Advocate - RobertParker.com)

"The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Mt. Veeder has a similar dense ruby/purple color as well as sweet blueberry and blackberry fruit with some earth and spice. It is full-bodied and ripe, but at the same time elegant and pure. This wine can be drunk now or cellared or another 20-25 years." - Robert Parker

93 points (Wine Enthusiast Magazine)

2013 Cabernet Sauvignon - Diamond Mountain

92 points (SteveHeimoff.com)

"Displaying a plethora of ripe, Napa-esque Cabernet flavors: blackberries, black currants, cassis liqueur, blueberries, pencil lead and dark shaved chocolate, accented by 60% new French oak aging for 28 months. The tannins are strong, as you’d expect from Diamond Mountain, and there’s good, savory, balancing acidity. I would cellar this for 4-5 years." - Steve Heimoff

92 points (The Wine Advocate - RobertParker.com)

"The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Diamond Mountain has a dense, dark garnet/purple color, a complex nose of charcoal, blackcurrants, plums and rich, sweet fruit with good tannin and density. Bottled unfined and unfiltered, as all these wines are, the wine displays an almost Graves-like complexity and density as if it was made by the late Frenchman Denis Malbec, who was tragically killed earlier this year. This is a beauty to drink over the next 15-20 years." - Robert Parker

92 points (Sommelier Challenge, San Diego)

2013 Greenville Summit Cabernet Sauvignon - Livermore Valley

96 points (Sommelier Challenge, San Diego)

96 points (Wine Review Online)

"With lovely blueberry and blackberry fruit, this latest from En Garde is an elegant and seductive cabernet with silky tannins, making for pleasurable near-term consumption." - Robert Whitley

90 points (Wine Enthusiast Magazine)

"A very agreeable, satisfying blend of ripe fruit and firm texture makes this full-bodied wine a winner. It has enough concentration to drench the palate with blackberries and linger on the finish with cinnamon accents." - Jim Gordon

87 points (SteveHeimoff.com)

"I can’t say I found this Cab in the same league as the winery’s Napa Valley bottlings. It’s sound, it’s good, it’s drinkable, but it simply lacks their lush, rich opulence. The blackcurrant and cassis fruit, the oliveaceous notes are there, but the wine is quite tannic and dry and tart, and there’s something herbal: maybe it’s the Hungarian oak that gives it a dill weed aroma. I would decant this wine before drinking it; it should provide decent drinking over the next 4-5 years. " - Steve Heimoff

2013 Malbec - Alexander Valley

95 points, Best in Show Malbec (Sommelier Challenge, San Diego)

"In a blind duel of Malbecs from all over the world, En Garde comes out on top with this savory wine.  Black fruit, oak spice, meat and subtle soy sauce are balanced beautifully, staying integrated all the way through the long finish.  Well done!  A Platinum Award winner at the 2016 Sommelier Challenge International Wine Competition."  - Rich Cook

2013 Petite Sirah Ghielmetti Vineyard - Livermore Valley

95 points (CA State Wine Competition)

93 points, Editors Choice (Wine Enthusiast Magazine)

92 points (SteveHeimoff.com)

"A fine Petite Sirah, inky black at the center, yet with a gorgeous ruby-crimson hue at the very edge. It smells youthful and rich, giving a whiff of blackberries, blueberries, licorice, mocha and something animal, now sweet leather, now crisped bacon. These flavors are replicated in the mouth. The tannins are big and hard, exactly what you’d expect in a young Petite Sirah, and I would not recommend drinking the wine at this time because of the astringency. But there’s an impressive core of sweetness, just waiting to burst out. Best after 2020 and possibly well beyond, as it throws sediment."

2013 Tempranillo - El Dorado

92 points (Sommelier Challenge, San Diego)

88 points (SteveHeimoff.com)

"Body-wise, this wine is like a full-sized Pinot Noir, veering into a lighter Merlot, but with the spiciness of Zinfandel. With alcohol of 14.4%, it features oaky, fruity flavors of red licorice, red currants, cocoa nib and teriyaki beef, with soft tannins and good acidity, all wrapped into a silky texture. It’s a good, drinkable wine, although not particularly Tempranillo-esque, whatever that means in California. The grapes were grown at an altitude of 2,800 feet in the Sierra Foothills, where the summer weather is quite hot and dry during the daytime, but chilly at night. The winemaker interestingly blended in a little Petit Verdot—for structure? Steak would be the ideal partner, unless you’re a vegetarian, in which case a mushroomy lasagna will suffice." - Steve Heimoff

2013 Pinot Noir Reserve - Russian River Valley

94 points (Pinot File)

"Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. The nose is somewhat reserved, opening slowly to reveal lovely aromas of black cherry, spice and bark. A gorgeous black cherry cola core alerts the taste buds, offering more pop than any other wine in the 2013 En Garde lineup. There are more substantial tannins and more oak infusion, but the composite picture is harmonious. Bold, with serious intentions, yet seductive and refined. I liked this wine incrementally more over time in the glass and even more the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle."

91 points (Wine Enthusiast Magazine)

"This is a sultry, leathery and sinewy wine, dark in tannin and oak and a full-bodied ripeness of dense fruit that delves into savory Asian spice. Powerful, it combines a wealth of clones to good effect, aging for 17 months in new French oak, 83% of it new." - Virginie Boon

91 points (CA State Wine Competition)

Gold Medal (San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition)

89 points (SteveHeimoff.com)

"This is the most expensive of En Garde’s Pinot Noirs, and also the oakiest. It’s highish in alcohol, and finishes a little hot, but it is very ripe and flamboyant, offering scads of black cherries, red currants, licorice, blueberries and tart cranberries. The oak is obvious, with toast and vanilla layered onto the fruit. It’s a bit ungainly in youth; my former colleague at Wine Enthusiast, Virginie Boone, described the 2012 as “wild and dense,” which applies also to this ’13. Might develop bottle complexity by 2018."

87 points (The Wine Advocate - eRobertParker.com)

"The 2013 Pinot Noir Reserve has a pinkish edge to its medium ruby color and is a spice-driven style of Pinot Noir with medium body and good notes of cranberry, cherry and dusty/loamy soil undertones. This moderately endowed wine should drink nicely for another 5-7 years." - Robert Parker

2013 Pinot Noir Pleasant Hill - Russian River Valley

93 points (Pinot File)

"Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Supportive oak embellishes the black raspberry fruit on the nose. Impressive attack of luscious black raspberry and black cherry fruits that are well spiced and accented with oak. Lively, with perfectly matched tannins, admirable harmony, and noticeable finishing power and length. The finish is particularly glorious."

Double Gold Medal (San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition)

87 points (SteveHeimoff.com)

"The vineyard is in Sebastopol, in the southwestern part of the valley, a cooler region. Yet this is among En Garde’s riper Pinots. The black cherry candy flavors veer into chocolate-coated raisins, and there’s some heat throughout. Yet there’s a fat deliciousness. The wine needs rich, fatty food to balance it out."

86 points (The Wine Advocate - eRobertParker.com)

"The 2013 Pinot Noir Pleasant Hill displays a slightly riper fruit profile with darker berries, earth, spice, and dusty/loamy soil undertones. It is medium-bodied with sweet tannin and adequate acidity. Drink it over the next 3-4 years." - Robert Parker

2013 Pinot Noir Devoto Vineyard - Green Valley of Russian River Valley

92 points (Pinot File)

"This moderately light cherry red colored wine is a cherry bombast. Aromas of fresh cherry and earthy flora lead to a red cherry, strawberry and spicy array of flavors having noticeable mid palate richness that trails off slowly on the long finish. There is good cut for vibrancy and silky tannins making this forward drinking wine very satisfying."

92 points (SteveHeimoff.com)

"The color is lighter and the mouthfeel more delicate than En Garde’s other 2013 Pinots, no doubt because the alcohol is considerably lower. The Gold Ridge soil in which the vines are growing is coveted in the Russian River Valley and along the Sonoma Coast; known as “desert rain forest,” it drains quickly, making it infertile, which is great for concentrated, complex wines. This is a tremendously enjoyable Pinot Noir, so silky and transparent that you can taste the minerality that girds the tart red cherries and cranberries. There’s a spicy, tannic, green tea earthiness that adds to that notion of terroir. The delicacy is pure joy: the wine is complex and experiencing it doesn’t tire the palate. I’m thinking of lamb chops or a filet of Wagyu Kobe beef when I drink this very fine wine."

90 points (Winemaker's Challenge, San Diego)

89 points (The Wine Advocate - eRobertParker.com)

"The 2013 Pinot Noir Gold Ridge, which hails from the cool, microclimate of Russian River known as Green Valley, has a lighter color than its predecessors – a somewhat feeble light garnet/ruby. Color notwithstanding, the wine has attractive soft, round, juicy strawberry ripeness along with notes of cherries and plums. It is a seductive, lighter style of Pinot Noir that grows in quality incrementally as it sits in the glass. This does not look terribly impressive visually, but it is silky and lush. Drink it over the next 4-5 years." - Robert Parker

2013 Pinot Noir Starkey Hill - Russian River Valley

92 points (Pinot File)

"Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Shy, but pleasant aromas of an array of dark red berries. The mid weight blueberry core is inviting, as is the juicy finish. Like all the En Garde wines, the balance is impressive in this mid weight wine that sports complimentary oak enhancements and a soothing mouthfeel."

91 points (CA State Wine Competition)

90 points (SteveHeimoff.com)

"The winery says the vineyard is “just outside” Green Valley; It implies a cooler climate, and the wine does have that signature. It’s ruby-colored and translucent, and feels lightly alcoholic, with delicacy and silkiness. There’s a mushroomy earthiness, but by and large the flavors are of fruits: tart pomegranates and cranberries. It’s an intense wine whose 75% new French oak gives smoky, woody and vanilla-tinged notes. Give it 3-4 years in the cellar."

88 points (Wine Enthusiast Magazine)

86 points (The Wine Advocate - eRobertParker.com)

2013 Pinot Noir Olivet Court - Russian River Valley

92 points (Pinot File)

"Moderately light cherry red color in the glass. Aromas of cherry, sarsaparilla and herbs lead to a mid weight styled wine with a mix of fruity and savory elements including Bing cherry, marzipan, spice, herbs and shitake mushroom. Silky in the mouth with seamless integration of tannins and acidity."

91 points (Wine Enthusiast Magazine)

"This wine is made entirely from the Martini clone of the variety, a heritage clone that imparts a lovely perfume of raspberry and rose that's hard to resist. Moderately spicy cola seasons a voluptuous midpalate that fills with length as the wine develops, never letting go of its unshakeable prettiness." - Virginie Boone

90 points (SteveHeimoff.com)

"One presumes this is from the Olivet Road section of the valley, a cooler area to the southeast open to the winds and fogs of the Petaluma Gap. And in fact it shows juicy acidity that smacks of chilly, damp nights. Flavorwise, it’s rich in cherry pie filling, with sweet, toasty oak and tremendous spiciness. Very good, very easy to drink, very upscale, if a little full-bodied."

86 points (The Wine Advocate - eRobertParker.com)

"The 2013 Pinot Noir Olivet Court is from the Tenderloin area of Russian River. A medium garnet/pinkish color as well as attractive sassafras, strawberry and sweet and sour cherries are present in this medium-bodied, pleasant, straightforward Pinot. Drink it over the next 4-5 years. " - Robert Parker

2013 Pinot Noir - Russian River Valley

90 points (Wine Enthusiast Magazine)

"Light in color and lightly spiced, this wine has a leathery undertone that veers into intriguing aspects of baking spice, white pepper and sap. Full bodied and densely concentrated, the fruit is clearly defined and on the brighter spectrum of red cherry, strawberry and cranberry." - V. B.

90 points (Pinot File)

"Moderately light cherry red color in the glass. Bing cherry is the theme in this light to mid weight, forward drinking wine with added flavors of baking spices, dark chocolate and cola. The tannins are silky and the modest black cherry finish satisfies. The wine shows Russian River Valley typicality and represents an ideal entry wine."

Gold Medal (San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition)

89 points (The Wine Advocate - eRobertParker.com)

"As for the 2013 Pinot Noir from Russian River, it is a light garnet/ruby-colored wine, with sweet strawberry and sandalwood notes, medium body, and again, more flavor, depth and seductiveness than the bigger, deeper-colored wines in the portfolio. Drink it over the next 3-4 years." - Robert Parker

88 points (SteveHeimoff.com)

"Medium-bodied and a little hot in alcohol (officially, 14.5%), this is a good, all-purpose Pinot Noir for drinking now. It’s quite rich in red berries and cherries, while oak adds a vanilla-white chocolate sweetness. Nice and silky on the palate, with a pleasant, spicy finish. It’s super-easy to drink, with some fancy qualities, and ideal for a juicy steak or filet mignon."

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