VOLUME 9, ISSUE 47
September 14, 2014
En Garde Winery
Winemaker and proprietor Csaba Szakal is a fourth generation winemaker from Hungary. He moved to California as a computer programmer in 1996 and soon became interested in California wines. He began making wine in his garage before his first commercial release in 2001 which earned a gold medal. He started En Garde Winery in 2007 and now crafts his wines at the Mayo Winery facility in Sonoma Valley.
Multiple varietals are offered from sourced grapes including a Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. Vineyard-designated Pinot Noirs appeared with the 2012 vintage.
Tasting is available at Tenuta Vineyards in Livermore (633 Kalthoff Commons) and 9077 Sonoma Highway in Kenwood.
Articles About En Garde Winery
2011 EN GARDE Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
13.5% alc., $48. Unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Aromas of strawberry, cut flowers and sandalwood. Mid weight flavors of strawberry, raspberry with a compliment of nutty oak. Noticeable tannin and zippy acidity producing a tangy finish of some length. Score: 89. Reviewed April 19, 2014 ARTICLE »
2011 EN GARDE Russian River Valley Reserve Pinot Noir
13.8% alc., 100 cases, $58. Unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Very nice perfume of Bing cherry, raspberry, caramel and spice. Tasty essence of Bing cherries with a long cherry-driven finish. Seamless with balanced t n‘ a. Juicy and very satisfying. Highly accessible now, but has the balance to age effortlessly. Score: 91. Reviewed April 19, 2014 ARTICLE »
2010 EN GARDE Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
13.8% alc., $48. Unfined and unfiltered. · Light reddish purple color in the glass. Initially, the aromas of red strawberry, red cherry, spice and sandalwood are quite charming, but oak dominates over time in the glass. Light weighted flavors of red berries, rhubarb and cherry with a tarry oak note that intrudes in the background. Supple tannins and some finishing intensity. Score: 87. Reviewed April 19, 2014 ARTICLE »
2010 EN GARDE Russian River Valley Reserve Pinot Noir
14.5% alc., $58. Unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately light reddish purple hue in the glass. Deep, glorious aromas of black cherry with a hint of spice and sandalwood. More structure and finish and a riper fruit profile than the regular bottling offering flavors of black cherry, plum reduction sauce, cola, dark chocolate and anise. The fruit pushes the ripeness envelope resulting in a cooked fruit tone and a little heat peaks out on the finish. Score: 87. Reviewed April 19, 2014 ARTICLE »
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