Enfield Wine Co., Citrine Chardonnay, 2018
Napa Valley, California, USA
Enfield Wine Co. is the family project of John Lockwood and Amy Seese, with a focus on producing wines of personality. They do not subscribe to the ideal of the perfect wine, but to the notion that the very best wines tell a unique story.
Driven by soil first and foremost, Enfield Wine Co. seeks out vineyards that possess a distinct and powerful sense of place – across region, grape variety, and vine age. Working only with small vineyards and independent growers, every step of the process is guided by the intent to maximize this character of terroir. Grapes are harvested for balance and the wines are all given the chance to ferment naturally.
The lineup of wines extends from fresh, mineral driven everyday wines, to quirky “off the beaten path” vineyards and varietals, and age-worthy wines of elegance and power from classic regions of California. Each has its own story to tell.
A blend of 42-year-old own-rooted vines in the Sierra Foothills, 50-year-old
vines from Napa, and fruit from Wild Horse Valley and Chalone. It is the
freshness of California sunshine framed by white mineral soils of limestone,
quartz and volcanic ash. There are two distinct personalities to this wine. The
first is a slightly reductive, flinty and mineral, palate with a zesty mouthfeel.
The second is more bombastic, tropical fruited and juicy with crème fraîche
and chive on the finish. Fragrant white tea, gummy bears, quince, lemon
balm, medium weight and tactile on the palate, saline mineral finish.