A Beutifully Ripe Vintage

 

2019 Pinot Noir Passion de la Reine Reserve - Russian River Valley

 

93 points (PinotFile)

 

"Moderately light garnet color in the glass. Somewhat muted aromatically with demure aromas of black cherry pie, bakery, and toast. Lighter in weight than the Pleasant Hill bottling but with inviting elegance, polish, and more underlying acidity that shows up on the lip-smacking but modest finish. Still a bit tight on this occasion and I would drink the Pleasant Hill while this wine spends some time in the cellar when it should become more expressive." - Rusty Gaffney, MD

 

92 points (SteveHeimoff.com)

 

"This shows the classic earthiness of Russian River Valley Pinots, with pomegranate, dried tomato, beetroot, cola, red raspberry  and sweet licorice flavors ending in a peppery bite. It’s very complex, and for all the richness, properly dry. The tannins are refined, and the acidity is nice and tart. A lovely wine that improves as it breathes in the glass, and perfect to drink now." - Steve Heimoff

 

92 points (James Suckling)

"A pleasant nose of roses, red cherries and oyster shells. Medium-bodied with good presence and depth. Well-integrated tannins. Juicy, with delicate baking spice on the palate. Delightful. Drink now." - James Suckling

 

2019 Pinot Noir Pleasant Hill - Russian River Valley

94 points (PinotFile)

 

"Moderately light garnet color in the glass. A complex nose soars with the perfume of Bing cherry juice, ripe strawberry, rose petal, musk and a hint of ginger. Plenty of black cherry, strawberry, and cola flavors embrace the palate and carry over to a lengthy and beautifully aromatic finish. Impeccably balanced in a mid-weight plus style with an admirable touch of oak compliment. Very forward but even better when tasted the following day from a previously opened bottle." - Rusty Gaffney, MD

 

93 points (Steve Heimoff)

"Intensity of flavor marks this wine. It’s a concentrated laser-beam of raspberries and cherries, the quintessence of these fruits. Earthy complexity is added by the teriyaki, mushroom, cola and beetroot nuances. Intense acidity boosts and brightens the flavors; this Pinot needs rich, fatty foods, like lamb. For all the size, you’ll find Pinot’s silkiness and delicacy. A really impressive Pinot that straddles the line between power and finesse." - Steve Heimoff

91 points (James Suckling)

"Aromas of red cherries, sage and violets. Medium-bodied with rock-salt salinity. Well-integrated tannins and fresh acidity. Some citrus character as well. Tasty. Drink now." - James Suckling

2019 Pinot Noir - Los Carneros

93 points (PinotFile)

 

"Moderately light garnet color in the glass. Welcoming aromas of spiced cherry, pastry and wine cellar. Forward and easy to cozy up to in a middleweight style with discretely robust flavors of black cherry, cola and baking spices. Nicely composed with civil tannins and a finish with very good cherry-driven length.- Rusty Gaffney, MD

 

91 points (SteveHeimoff.com)

"California-ripe raspberries and cherries are the predominant flavors, alongside sweet, smoky oak and a teriyaki exoticness. This is a big, rich, heady Pinot Noir; despite its size, it retains a certain delicacy and silkiness. There’s a spicy core, and the finish is long and satisfying. You might want to age it for a few years." - Steve Heimoff

2019 Pinot Noir - Sonoma Coast

91 points (PinotFile)

 

"Light garnet color in the glass. The nose is aromatically forward showing scents of cherry, strawberry and bark. Mid-weight in style, offering flavors of red fruits and spice with a hint of oak and a savory herbal undertone. Ripe and forward, with gracious tannins and a modest but satisfying finish.- Rusty Gaffney, MD

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tel: (707) 282-9216

reservations@engardewinery.com

 

We are located on the corner of Highway 12 and Shaw Avenue across from VJB.

 

9077 Sonoma Highway
Kenwood, California 95452

 

Testimonials

"This was a delightful surprise as it was an unscheduled stop on our Grapevine wine tour and turned out to be our favorite of the day! We are grateful that, Walter, our driver, was able to introduce us to En Garde and cannot wait to receive our wine club selections!"

 

"Best tasting we had of our week in Napa and Sonoma. Server was personable, professional, and very knowledgeable."

 

"We are grateful for Kenwood Winery to recommend our visit to En Garde. First class and excellent wine."

 

"Fabulous wine and tasting experience! One of our very favorites of the trip!"

 

"In my opinion, a flight of the best wines I have ever tasted."

 

"Great wine, great customer service, comfortable environment."

 

"Fantastic wines, beautiful tasting room, and of course, the amiable Csaba pouring the wines didn't hurt, either. A lovely experience! Thank you!"

 

"Great visit and opened our eyes to boutique wineries."

 

"Highly recommend - En Garde is receiving some fantastic coverage/ratings in wine press right now so visit while the wine is still readily available!"

 

"This is by far my favorite winery!  I have been a club member for 5 or so years and can't say enough about this place!  Csaba is a brilliant winemaker and everything he makes is A+.  "

 

"The tasting room is elegant, and the staff was very knowledgeable and sincere."

 

"We really enjoyed our experience & time at the tasting room. Would not hesitate to recommend or purchase any of of the wines offered at En Garde. Csaba was the perfect host! Can't wait til we go back in September!?????"

 

"En Garde is my new "find" after coming to Napa/Sonoma for 20 years. Cheers!"

 

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