Sunny days and cold foggy nights are perfectly suited for growing the ever so delicate Pinot Noir. Russian River Valley is possibly the best example of such terroir because the coastal mountain range provides protection against early rains and porous soil that drains well and dries quickly. Szakál has carefully chosen sites that are located on north facing hillsides that provide protection against excess ground moisture. Thanks to these special characteristics the fruit can hang extra long on the vines to bring En Garde Pinots to full ripeness in challenging years as well. Harvests of Pinot Noir are usually a week before the Cabernet Sauvignons in early October which is super late considering the early ripening tendency of this thin skinned varietal. This allows the grapes to take on depth and complexity that is paired with beauty and elegance.
Russian River Valley Vineyards:
tel: (707) 282-9216
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!"