Reds

Nectar of Life

We want to make wine that matters, wine that meets you where you’re at…and takes you even further. Our red wines are lucious and earthy, each one a unique expression of the moment—an enso.

Our reds are fermented in small batches and aged for 9-18 months in a variety of French and American (yes, we said American) oak barrels. We attempt spontaneous fermentation when possible.

Most of our red wine grapes come from the Columbia Valley…Horse Heaven Hills to be specific.

They can all be aged for several years…if you have the patience.

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.

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!

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.