Enfield Pretty Horses Tempranillo 2015


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The Wine

Pretty Horses is made in a fresher, juicier style than Enfield Wine Co.'s Shake Ridge single vineyard Tempranillo and is meant for younger drinking. It combines lightness of being, luxurious tannins and its own distinctive sweet spice. It is an extremely versatile food wine, anything with a little salt makes it pop and is seemingly impervious to oxygen. It lasts open for days, a gradual journey from fruit to earth and rock.

The Review

"An exceptional younger generation producer from California’s hotbed of nouveau wine making, with reverence for old, seasoned vineyards, drinkability and charm. Here a blend of 90% tempranillo, 5% pinot noir and 5% graciano from three vineyards. Enfield Wine Co is the metier of John Lockwood, a savvy wine head who knows his way around a craggy old vineyard and judiciously applies a thin veil of winemaking to eke out his small batch wines. Super.

Savoury, chewy red of medium weight, dusty-earthy spice, sarsaparilla and cherry cola characters. It’s got loads of perfume, sweet, savoury, herbal, earthy, all the good stuff. The palate is svelte, finely tuned with just ripe fruit characters, a good dusting of the mixed sweet-nutty spice shaker and the tannins kick in back palate to tighten, freshen and give shape. Indeed, there’s only great-good-positive things to say. Such delicious drinking."

94Pts, Mike Bennie, Winefront