2017 - The Year of the Fire

2017 Touché - Napa Valley

96 points (Steve Heimoff)

"This is the winery’s big dog, the heavy hitter, its most expensive release—which indicates Csaba’s feeling that this is the greatest wine he can make. It is a very fine Cabernet. Two things strike me: the tannins, which to my palate are stronger than any of the other new releases, and the complex range of flavors. This latter most likely is because the grapes come not only from Diamond Mountain, but also Mount Veeder and Rutherford. I won’t venture to speculate what each of the three appellations contributes. Suffice it to say that the wine isn’t as blackberry-driven as Bijou or the regular 2017. There’s more of a tart, red cherry note, and a pleasant tobacco taste, as well as a more generous or expansive quality that is at once lush and tight. At any rate, the 2017 Touché is a profound wine. At 3-1/2 years, it is, as I said, quite tannic, and rather raw, but very ripe, in keeping with this warm vintage. It’s not unpleasant to drink now—in fact, with aerating, it’s exciting–but undisciplined, precocious. I would cellar it for at least six years. It might still be in development in ten years, or fifteen, or twenty—who knows? Only 50 cases were produced, and compared with the prices of most of the more famous Napa Cabernets, $180 is—dare I say it?—a bargain."

93 points (Robert Parker Wine Advocate)

"The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Touche is a blend of 59% Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon and 11% Rutherford Petit Verdot. It was aged for 28 months in oak barrels, 100% new. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, it rolls effortlessly out of the glass with flamboyant notes of Morello cherries, boysenberries, stewed plums and blackcurrant pastilles with suggestions of rose oil, cloves, fallen leaves and cedar chest. The full-bodied palate has a sturdy backbone of chewy tannins and lovely freshness, offering loads of savory/earthy layers, finishing with a compelling herbal lift."  - Lisa Perrotti-Brown

2017 Le Bijou du Roi - Diamond Mountain District

94 points (Robert Parker Wine Advocate)

"Coming from the Sori Bricco Vineyard on Diamond Mountain, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Le Bijou du Roi is a blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, aged in French oak for 28 months, 80% new. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, it opens with perfumed scents of redcurrant jelly, Black Forest cake, crème de cassis and prunes plus suggestions of underbrush, tar and scorched earth. The full-bodied palate has wonderfully velvety tannins and loads of black and red berry preserves layers, lifted by a refreshing backbone, finishing earthy. " - Lisa Perrotti-Brown

94 points (Steve Heimoff)

"Rich, powerful, concentrated, flashy, pedigreed—these are just some of the adjectives I could roll out to describe En Garde’s ’17 Bijou. It’s one of the winery’s most consistent bottlings, varying little from vintage to vintage, always showing the class and finesse of the Sori Bricco Vineyard. As in the past, it brims with ripe blackberries and cassis, spices and the vanilla and toast of 80% new oak barrels, in which it was aged for an astonishing 28 months. Alluring now, it defines the pleasures of mountain Cabernet, offering wave after wave of complexity. There’s a tingly spine of acidity and minerality that reminds me of iodine, or the peat of a fine Scotch. The blend includes a touch of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, which may account for the taste of cherries. Oh, and the texture: silk, velvet, satin. To drink now, or to age? If you have only one bottle, play it down the middle: six years in the cellar. If you have a case, drink a bottle a year from now until 2033. Expensive, yes, but compared to some of the competition in Napa Valley, not really."

2017 Grand Vin - Diamond Mountain District

94+ points (Robert Parker Wine Advocate)

"Composed of 80% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot, the 2017 Grand Vin was aged for 28 months in French oak, 40% new. Sporting a medium to deep garnet-purple color, it has a beautifully pure nose of plums preserves, blueberry compote and kirsch with hints of pencil shavings, dried roses, wild sage and fragrant earth. Full-bodied, the plate is coated with juicy black berry layers and loads of floral and earthy accents, supported by ripe, rounded tannins and loads of freshness, finishing long with exotic spice notes coming through." - Lisa Perrotti-Brown

93 points (Steve Heimoff)

"What a gorgeous wine. It dazzles with intricate beauty, but far from being merely surface artifice, has deeper fascinations. The wine has the structure of a fine Bordeaux (although it’s not particularly Right Bank). The tannins, as befits a Napa mountain wine, are powerful, while succulent acidity adds to the architecture. Flavor-wise, the spectrum is complex: blackberries, violets, cocoa, plums, leather, smoke. This is power, pure and simple, but it’s also grace: a paradox of opposites that marks great wine. Csaba has done a fine job assembling it, especially considering he also was putting together his 2017 Touché Reserve and Bijou du Roi. I would drink this wine now, with careful aerating, but it should hold in a good cellar for a decade."

2017 Cabernet Sauvignon - Mount Veeder

93 points (Robert Parker Wine Advocate)

"Composed of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon and 11% Cabernet Franc, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Mt. Veeder was aged for 14 months in French oak, 60% new. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, it drifts elegantly out of the glass with fragrant scents of Morello cherries, redcurrant jelly, cassis and mulberries, plus wafts of rose oil, stewed tea and unsmoked cigars. The medium to full-bodied palate has a plush texture and bags of perfumed black and red fruits, supported by a lively line and finishing long and earthy." - Lisa Perrotti-Brown

92 points (Steve Heimoff)

"This is the poster child for the modern style of Cabernet Sauvignon in Napa Valley. It’s a rich, unctuous wine, superbly ripe, with the most succulent tannins. As a mountain wine, its flavors are intensely concentrated: blackberries, cassis liqueur, blueberries and molten, unsweetened dark chocolate, while new French oak brings the usual suspects of wood spice and smoke. It sure is delicious. Very good to drink now and over the years"

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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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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