2017 - The Year of the Fire

2017 Cabernet Sauvignon - Fountaingrove District

92 points (Jeb Dunnuck)

"Coming from the Fountaingrove District on Sonoma and 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot, and 2% Cabernet Franc, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon was harvested all pre-fire and spent 27 months in 67% new French oak. It’s a more herbal, medium to full-bodied, fresh Cabernet that still has good density, ripe tannins, and nicely integrated acidity. Black fruits, green tobacco, cedary herbs, and mint all emerge from the glass, and it has a silky texture, solid overall balance, and outstanding length. Drink bottles any time over the coming 10-15+ years."

2017 Cabernet Sauvignon - Sonoma County

91 points (James Suckling)

"This has some attractive aromas of leather and dried black fruit with earthy nuances, too. The palate has a smooth, red-cherry and cassis core with fine, supple tannins. Medium body. Drink or hold." - James Suckling

90 points (SteveHeimoff.com)

"This very good wine shows the En Garde signature: ripe, opulent fruit, plenty of oak, refined tannins and a voluptuous mouthfeel that makes it instantly ready to drink. The flavors veer towards sweet summer blackberries and cassis, with a mocha-choca richness and savory spiciness. An elegant, delicious Cabernet of style and substance." - Steve Heimoff


2017 Pinot Noir Reserve - Russian River Valley

93 points (SteveHeimoff.com)

"This is a blend of the Starkey Hill and Pleasant Hill vineyards, and shows the same exuberant fruit: juicy raspberries and cherries, with some riper notes of red currants that mark the finish. It also has a bit more new oak, just enough to give that rich steak of vanilla and toast. The acidity is quite tart (0.65 TA) and stings me; the wine really needs the softening effect of food to tame it. Of all the Pinots, this is the one I’d give cellar time to—say, six years in a good cellar. Yet, if you’re drinking it now, the wine gets much more interesting as you move from “critical” mode into “enjoyment” mode, as there’s real complexity here." - Steve Heimoff


2017 Pinot Noir Pleasant Hill - Russian River Valley

90 points (SteveHeimoff.com)

"You’ll find the ripe fruits of cherries and raspberries, and the same vanilla spice from new oak. The tannins are silky and smooth, the acidity fine. All in all, this 2017 Pleasant Hill is a sumptuous wine that will pair nicely with Pinot-friendly food: steak, lamb, wild mushroom risotto." - Steve Heimoff


2017 Pinot Noir - Sonoma Coast

92 points (PinotFile)

"Pleasing aromas of dark red and blue fruits accented with oak. Silky and gracious, with a middleweight essence of black cherry. Plenty of pleasing juiciness and vibrancy with good oak integration and a driven, persistent finish." - Rusty Gaffney



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Temporarily, our tastings are held in the courtyard at Mayo Family Winery next to our barrel room. The address is 13101 Arnold Drive, Glen Ellen CA 95442.


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


9077 Sonoma Highway
Kenwood, California 95452



"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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