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Enfield Wine Syrah Haynes Vineyard 2011

T. Edward Wines, New York wine importer/distributor, Enfield Haynes Vineyard Syrah 2011, Karen Ulrich for T. Edward Wines

When first combing the area for fruit, John Lockwood of Enfield Wine sought not a specific varietal or AVA, but rather terroir tended by a winegrower who showed a close relationship to the land that he farms.  Having grown fruit himself at Ehren Jordan’s Failla Wines, after working with Ted Lemon at Littorai, Lockwood was well poised to know the importance of this intimate relationship on the outcome of his wine. Haynes Vineyard has been tended by Fernando Delgado since 1971.  Home to some of Napa’s oldest Chardonnay, planted in 1966, Haynes Vineyard resides in Coombsville, a “bowl-shaped depression” that is overlooked by the Vacas Range, Napa and the Napa River.  

Founded in December 2011– a year following the establishment of Enfield Wine Co. — Coombsville AVA sits east of Napa and proximate to San Pablo Bay, which makes it one of the coolest areas of the region.  With soils of alluvial gravel and cobblestones that are complimented by a thick layer of well draining, Mt. George volcanic ash, Haynes Vineyard is one of Coombsville’s most noble sites, and Lockwood’s 5-acre parcel is one of the stoniest.

Harvested from 15-year-old vines, the fruit here was placed whole cluster into open top bins, where it was gently foot-tread twice a day during its a 10-day, native yeast fermentation.  Aged for 16 months in oak, with 20% new, the Syrah was bottled unfiltered at 12.6%.

Deep ruby in color with purple highlights, Enfield Wine Syrah Haynes Vineyard 2011 shows purple flower aromas, red cherry and plum fruit on a plat of ashy minerality.  On the palate, fresh fruit lends elegant acidity cradled by velvet tannins that weave a finish toward earthy, savory notes.  Drink now, decant, or age and savor the flavors as they unfold.

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