Our Wines

Our wines are available in our Urban Winery & Tasting Lounge, at select stores throughout the Portland metro area, and for purchase online. In 2011, we bottled about 600 cases of wine. In 2012, 1500 cases. In 2013, we’ll be bottling close to 2500 cases. We can hardly keep up!

Our current releases are:

Here’s a video of us crushing our first vintage at our urban winery in SE Portland…

 

Current Offerings

2012 L’American

2012 L’American

45% Petite Sirah / 45% Zinfandel / 10% Mourvèdre

A new signature blend for us. Petite Sirah and Zinfandel are quintessential American grapes. They may not have originated here, but they did found their true home here in the good ole U S of A.

We had a hunch that these grapes belonged together, so we blended the two and splashed a little Mourvèdre in for good measure. Big and bold, yet balanced and nuanced. This unique blend exhibits notes of smoke, raspberry fruit leather, apple and a bit of oak. Old-world style with new-world fruit.

DETAILS:

13.4% alc / 150 cases produced / $28 (Order Online)

PAIRINGS:

Meat, meat, meat. Okay… or grilled, spicy veggies.

RESONATE Rosé #3

RESONATE Rosé #3

39% CABERNET SAUVIGNON  /  17% MERLOT  /  15% MOURVÈDRE  /  10% SYRAH  /  9% CABERNET FRANC  /  6% CINSAULT  /  4% MALBEC

Who doesn’t love a nice dry rosé? Perfect for the back porch, picnics, early evenings, warm meals, and good friends. This fresh and fruity blend was fermented and aged in stainless steel. We hope this delicious wine resonates with you and yours!

DETAILS:

12.9% alc / 120 cases produced / $14 (Order Online)

PAIRINGS:

This lovely dry rosé pairs nicely with rich dishes and darker salami.

RESONATE White #6

RESONATE White #6

85% DRY RIESLING  /  15% CHENIN BLANC

This refreshing blend of Dry Riesling and Chenin Blanc is the perfect mealtime companion. Fermenting and aging in stainless steel with minimal handling allows the grapes to showcase their notes of fresh peaches and green apples. We hope this delicious wine resonates with you and yours!

DETAILS:

12.1% alc / 240 cases produced / $14 (Order Online)

PAIRINGS:

This bright white wine is ready for some delicious roasted veggies with Aardvark sauce.

RESONATE Red #9

RESONATE Red #9

81% SYRAH  /  13% MOURVÈDRE  /  6% PRIMITIVO

What deliciousness! Pulling inspiration from the old world, we aged this rich blend in fairly neutral French oak barrels for 24 months. Dark red and black fruit flavors with a long, soft finish. Perfect for those autumn barbeques in the backyard! Sip, drink, but do not guzzle. We hope this delicious red blend resonates with you and all who gather at your table.

These grapes come from Horse Heave Hills AVA in Washington State.

DETAILS:

13.9% alc / 370 cases produced / $16 (Order Online)

AWARDS/RATINGS:

- Great Northwest Wine Competition: Silver

PAIRINGS:

This wine will pair excellently with a cool evening on the front porch.

RESONATE Red #8 – SOLD OUT

RESONATE Red #8 – SOLD OUT

50% MOURVÉDRE / 38% CINSAULT / 12% GRENACHE

This is not your parents’ red blend. Pulling inspiration from the Bandol, we aged this balanced blend in fairly neutral French oak barrels for 18 months. Bright red fruit aromas with a long finish. In Southern France, this would be called a Baby Bandol. We think it’s a delicious new-world take on an old-world recipe!

Perfect for those summertime barbeques in the backyard! Sip, drink, but do not guzzle. We hope this delicious red blend resonates with you and all who gather at your table.

These grapes come from Horse Heave Hills AVA in Washington State.

DETAILS:

13.7% alc / 192 cases produced / $16 (Order Online)

PAIRINGS:

This wine will pair excellently with a warmish evening in the backyard.

2011 ENSO Mourvèdre Winemakers’ Reserve

2011 ENSO Mourvèdre Winemakers’ Reserve

Mmm-ourvèdre. The grape every tries hard to pronounce. Yet it’s so easy to sip, savor and drink.

For this special bottling, we held back our 2 favorite barrels from the 2011 vintage. The 2 barrels that showed the most significant promise. After fermenting them naturally (adding no yeasts or additives), we let them sit in barrel an additional 6 months and in bottle an additional 4 months.

Savory and silky, complex and delicious. Gamey aromas mixed with ripe berries and Northwest garrigue.

This wine can be aged for as many as 10-15 years. Hang on to it as long as you desire.

DETAILS:

12.5% alc / 50 cases produced / $40 (Order Online)

PAIRINGS:

The sexy savory of this red wine suggests lamb, rabbit or wild boar…roasted.

2011 The Prince

2011 The Prince

We love to experiment here at ENSO. And we like to attempt old-world approaches with our new-world fruit. This is a truly old-world wine.

When the Prince de Conti purchased the Romanée Estate hundreds of years ago, he instructed the winemaker to make the red Burgundies with a judicious amount of white grapes. So we thought we’d try that ourselves!

This wine is a field blend of 75% Pinot Noir and 25% Chardonnay grapes. By blending the grapes (not just finished wines), their different aromas, textures and flavors coalesce and integrate early on. You might think this would produce a light-colored red, but in fact, it creates a darker and richer Pinot Noir that still remains elegant and bright.

We recommend laying this wine down for 5-7 years…or at least until Thanksgiving 2013!

DETAILS:

12.1% alc / 70 cases produced / $40 (Order Online)

RATINGS:

- Wine Enthusiast: 89 points

PAIRINGS:

You’ll be happy to have this on your table with your Thanksgiving feast.

LABEL INSPIRATION:

Wondering who that handsome fella on the label is? Well, you guessed it. It’s the Prince de Conti. But with a few Portland hipster adjustments.

Prince Label Explanation

2011 Chateauneuf du Stark

2011 Chateauneuf du Stark

Our Winemaker’s Blend. Each year, we take the best of what we’ve got in barrel and make the perfect blend. A little of this; a little of that. While not being a true “Chateauneuf du Pape” blend, we like to take inspiration from that region that allows as many as 16 different grape varieties in it!

The 2011 blend is…

45% Counoise
35% Mourvèdre
10% Petite Sirah
9% Zinfandel
1% Malbec

This is a wine that can be cellared for many years. We recommend laying it down for 3-5 years, but it is drinking quite nicely right now! So you get to choose.

DETAILS:

12.9% alc / 50 cases produced / $40 (Order Online)

AWARDS/RATINGS:

- Wine Enthusiast: 88 points

PAIRINGS:

This wine is quite versatile, but will do well with a little bit of breathing time. Decant the wine while you roast up some fall-spiced meat.

2012 ENSO Grenache

2012 ENSO Grenache

These were the first grapes we harvested in 2012. They’re grown high up on the golden hills that line the beautiful Columbia River, receiving lavish amounts of sun and wind to help them ripen without being spoiled rotten. We bottled this medium-bodied red wine in it’s youth, so as to capture it’s fruit-forward vitality.

DETAILS:

13.6% alc / 50 cases produced / $25 (Order Online)

PAIRINGS:

Chill this red wine for about 20-30 minutes just prior to dinner!

2012 ENSO Orange Wine

2012 ENSO Orange Wine

This is something altogether new for us. Pinot Gris tends to make bright, fruity white wines, but when fermented with the skins (where the color in wine comes from), you get something more akin to a rosé. But not a rosé exactly. Rough and rugged, savory with notes of black tea and cumin, this floral-yet-savory wine will blow your mind.

DETAILS:

11.6% alc / 38 cases produced / $25 (Order Online)

PAIRINGS:

Chill and drink on it’s own…or with some oven-roasted lamb.

2012 ENSO Dry Rosé

2012 ENSO Dry Rosé

Each year we get to re-invent the rosé. This year, we co-fermented Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc in stainless steel to create a beautiful, balanced dry rosé. As we say, “Portland Summer In a Bottle”. Aromas of ripe strawberries, brambly raspberries, and a touch of vanilla. Fruity, but not sweet!

DETAILS:

12.9% alc / 84 cases produced / $22 (Order Online)

AWARDS/RATINGS:

- BRONZE at the 2013 Great Northwest Wine Competition
- Wine Enthusiast: 89 points

PAIRINGS:

Pairs perfectly with grilled chicken and veggies, soft cheeses, or an afternoon at the park in the sun!

2012 ENSO Pinot Blanc

2012 ENSO Pinot Blanc

Mmm-mmm-mmm. This refreshing, crisp white wine is bursting with green apple and herbal tones. Aging on the lees for 3 months in stainless steel rounds it out with a smooth finish. Floral aromas of white flowers and pears with a lovely hint of lychee nut in the finish.

DETAILS:

12.4% alc / 100 cases produced / $20 (Order Online)

RATINGS:

- Wine Enthusiast: 88 points

PAIRINGS:

You can pair this wine with fish, poultry or soft cheeses, but you’ll be surprised to find that it also works quite well with a seasoned steak or juicy porkchop right off the grill. Believe it.

2011 ENSO Petite Sirah

2011 ENSO Petite Sirah

It may have “petite” in it’s name, but this wine is nothing short of huge! Petite Sirah (originally called “Durif”) has small berries which means that during fermentation, there is a higher skin-to-juice ratio, resulting in a robust red wine with a long, lingering finish. A rugged wine with dark fruits and vanilla make this a superb choice for drinking on it’s own…or pairing with a juicy ribeye right off the grill.

DETAILS:

13.1% alc / 108 cases produced / $32 (Order Online)

AWARDS:

- BRONZE at the 2013 San Francisco International Wine Competition

PAIRINGS:

A petite Sirah offers strong textures, but quite mild flavors to a meal.

2011 ENSO Malbec

2011 ENSO Malbec

What do you get when you mix just the right amount of sun and rain with a long growing season? Fully-ripened Malbec grapes that are the perfect balance of velvet and spice. This is one of our favorite wines to make. Rich and dark in tone, custardy and smooth in feel. A perfect companion to any steak or grilled dish. A burst of fruit and pepper married with a long finish leave you wanting some more.

DETAILS:

13.3% alc / 108 cases produced / $28 (Order Online)

AWARDS/RATINGS:

- BRONZE at the 2013 San Francisco International Wine Competition
- Wine Spectator: 89 points – “Fresh and distinctive, offering roasted meat and toasted bread overtones around a deft core of currant and blackberry fruit. Lingers with refinement. Drink now through 2016.”

PAIRINGS:

This fruit-forward Malbec is ready for some risotto and grilled mushrooms. Or a steak. Yah, a steak.

2011 ENSO Mourvèdre

2011 ENSO Mourvèdre

Mourvèdre is always the last grape to ripen. When we harvested these beloved grapes in November, the leaves on the vines were orange, red, and yellow. The plant was ready to hibernate for the winter. It’s the perfect condition for making whole-cluster fermented Mourvèdre since the stems begin to harden and brown.

Chalk and strawberries balanced by dried herb tones and grapefruit aromas make this one of the most memorable reds around!

DETAILS:

12.1% alc / 72 cases produced / $35 (Order Online)

PAIRINGS:

The savoriness of this red suggests lamb. Roasted lamb. And potatoes. With rosemary. Mmm.

2011 ENSO Zinfandel

2011 ENSO Zinfandel

Zinfandel has been called America’s Heritage Wine. Grown up and down the West Coast, it’s a grape that is often misunderstood. “Is it white, pink, or red?” Oh brother. Given the right vintage, soil and climate, Zinfandel is the perfect triangulation of fruit, spice and earth. And that’s what 2011’s cool, long growing season gave to us. We just did our best not to mess it up! Enjoy this among friends.

DETAILS:

14.5% alc / 108 cases produced / $28 (Order Online)

PAIRINGS:

A classic jammy Zin goes well with anything grilled and peppered. So do it. Just do it.

2011 ENSO Counoise

2011 ENSO Counoise

Counoise is a rare grape in the Pacific Northwest, grown on just a handful of vineyards. It’s traditionally been a blending grape, offering softness to big red wines. But we decided to bottle this delicate wine on it’s own. Bright red fruit is balanced by floral tones, and this wine was aged in completely neutral oak so that the wine could breathe without acquiring “barrel notes”. Quite French is style and texture.

We describe Counoise as a sort of “happy Pinot Noir”. Bright red fruit instead of dark red fruit. Less brooding; more lively.

DETAILS:

12.5% alc / 108 cases produced / $30 (Order Online)

AWARDS:

- SILVER at the 2013 Great Northwest Wine Competition

PAIRINGS:

A great wine to sip on it’s own or pair with soft cheeses.

RESONATE Red #7 – SOLD OUT

RESONATE Red #7 – SOLD OUT

These grapes were destined to be together. The Barbera offers it’s signature bramble and lively acid while the Sangiovese roots the wine with it’s depth and texture. Aging in French oak barrels for 18 months tames these wild beasts. Sip, drink, but do not guzzle. We hope this delicious red blend resonates with you and all who gather at your table.

These grapes come from Walla Walla AVA in Washington State.

DETAILS:

13.8% alc / 144 cases produced / $16 – SOLD OUT

PAIRINGS:

Let’s see…what doesn’t this wine pair with?

RESONATE White #5 – SOLD OUT

RESONATE White #5 – SOLD OUT

This thoughtful blend of crisp Sauvignon Blanc from Washington and peaches-and-cream Müller-Thurgau from the Oregon is the perfect mealtime companion. Fermented and aged in stainless steel with minimal handling allow the grapes strut their stuff. We hope this delicious wine resonates with you and yours!

DETAILS:

12.1% alc / 240 cases produced / $14 (Order Online)

PAIRINGS:

This bright white wine is ready for some delicious roasted veggies with Aardvark sauce.

RESONATE Rosé #2 – SOLD OUT

RESONATE Rosé #2 – SOLD OUT

How do you describe this dry rosé from the Willamette Valley? “Fruit and leather,” is how we say it. And people always wonder, “What does leather taste like?” Hmm. Good question. Last time I ate some…just kidding.

I guess what we’re trying to say is that there’s a spice/pepper element to this wine that is savory and rich, tanned. Like our skin during that one great week in August.

This rosé is primarily Pinot Noir, but also has a touch of Petite Sirah, Chardonnay, and Syrah. Mmm. That’s pure deliciousness.

DETAILS:

12.8% alc / 50 cases produced / $14 – SOLD OUT

PAIRINGS:

This lovely dry rosé pairs nicely with rich dishes and darker salami.