2018 Enkidu Wines Pinot Noir Russian River Valley
Enkidu Wines of Sonoma, California is a new addition to the Drink The Bottles wine tribe. It is no secret that we taste and share a lot of Napa wines and when we partner up with a (new-to-us) producer from Sonoma, we're always excited to see the outcome. We had the privilege of tasting the 2018 Enkidu Wines Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley) and this was a great introduction for us to this producer. When we popped the cork and saw the wine imprint, we suspected that we were in for a treat with some high quality, dense fruit. Medium to dark scarlet color solid in the glass from center to edge. Aromas of fresh out-of-the-oven strawberry rhubarb pie, damp earth and spices carry over to similar flavors. This is a potpourri of sweet fragrance with intense, medium bodied raspberry jam and hints of vanilla. The acid in this wine is solid but in check, leading the taster to a path of a lingering finish that goes on for moments. We didn't decant this wine but rather gave it some extended time and swirling in the glass. It is drinking really lovely right now and we suspect for another 3-5 years.