I recently had lunch with Enate Winery from Sonomtano, Spain! These expressive wines wowed every palate at the tasting and have been on my hits list for a while now, but mainly for the reds. I was able to taste a full range of the wineries offerings with a specially curated lunch that was out of the world, yum! This winery is pretty special in that it’s a winey and an art museum. Both concepts are artistic and enriching and showcase the passion that you will taste in the glass. This region of Spain is terroir driven and you taste a perfect balance of fruit and land in their wines.
They offer a range of styles and I first fell in love with their reds, because I am a big fan of Spanish red wines, however they soon won me over with the rosé and then the whites. We began with the 2021 Enate Chardonnay 234 which is bright and complex with green apple and some yellow fruit notes. It has lovely exotic fruit which I absolutely loved and makes it ideal for the spring and summer weather. This wine is gorgeous with generous fruit, nice minerality and a clean crisp finish. Paired alongside was a Tuna Crudo topped with olive oil and big salt. It was the perfect combo with the bright Chardonnay and paired perfectly!
Following along was the 2020 Enate Barrel Fermented Chardonnay which was bold and beautiful. It was really interesting to see this style of barrel fermented chardonnay as I don’t drink them too often but when I do, they’re intriguing. I especially loved this one from Enate, it was paired with Octopus and brought me right back to Spain. I love to visit Spain and love all the fresh food and wine there, and Enate really captured that in this lunch. This winery is on my bucket list of must visits, and should be on yours too! I would also love to see this Chardonnay maybe with some brunch dishes, I think it could a lot of fun.
Up after was the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva and the 2015 Cabernet Cabernet. This was a nice comparison with the Chicken and Roasted Potatoes. I promise the 2015 Cabernet Cabernet was not a typo, but they call it this because the Cabernet grapes are sourced from Enate, Salas Bajas and Alcanetos estates. The 2015 is expressive like all the Enate wines and is full of blackberry, balsamic, and spice notes. It’s ripe with nice pronounced tannins and will definitely benefit from bottle aging. The 2014 Reserva is so incredibly balanced and has benefitted well from the bottle aging. It’s a bit robust and meaty, and really delicious with nice elegance and a long finish.
The grand finale was a delicious custard tart paired with one of the best sweeter wines I have had in a very long time. The Enate Gewürztraminer Dulce is outstanding, full of toasty notes, white spice, candied fruit, and citrus. It has incredible balance and is also ideal with foie gras, bold cheeses, and chocolate but I must say it went with this tart extremely well. It’s fresh and lively and a must have for any dinner party!
If you’re seeking to explore Spain through your glass until you can get there, do yourself a favor and grab some! You’ll love their pairing potential, beauty, and art inspired labels, plus the prices range about $20+ and are a steal for the quality and passion you’re purchasing.
Always remember eat what you like and drink what you love. Please pair responsibly!