Top five barrels of the vintage.
100% Diamond Mountain District
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
100% New French Oak
Diamond Mountain Vineyard is on the ridge top at over 2100 feet above the valley floor. We have access to 2 acres of the 35 years old vines of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc from 3-4
different blocks in this 40 acre vineyard. The ridge top location provides perfect sun exposure and the different clones add to the complexity of our powerful yet elegant wine. Stress from the lean
volcanic soil results in loose clusters and small thick skinned berries that are full flavored and complex. The wines from this exclusive vineyard are cellar worthy collectibles and will greatly
reward your patience.
In 2011 En Garde started sourcing from the wide range of hillsides of Sori Bricco Vineyard on Diamond Mountain for our high elevation Cabernet program. Sori Bricco meaning “sunny hillside” in Italian. The climate is very warm in the early spring and these vines are among the first to bud each year. Originally planted in 1968, and it is one of the pioneer vineyards in the AVA. 30 years later, Lindy Johnson acquired the vineyard and hired the very talented Tony Mitchell Vineyard Management Company to handle all of the farming. Modern technology paired with innovative trellising results in super high quality fruit year after year. The soil is composed of a sandy, gravelly loam and the vines tend to be very small as they struggle against the slopes. The warm summer months produce nice, juicy flavors, while the cooler nights offer long hang time to gain tannin maturity each season.
tel: (707) 282-9216
We are located on the corner of Highway 12 and Shaw Avenue. Between Cafe Citti and VJB Cellars. Walk in visitors welcome.
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!"