Throw-Back California:
2017 Enfield Waterhorse Ridge Fort Ross-Seaview Cabernet Sauvignon

Posted by Ian McFadden

There is no Cabernet made in California like Enfield's Waterhorse Ridge.

Enfield focuses primarily on Chardonnay, Pinot, and Syrah, but it’s their Cabernet Waterhorse Ridge that impresses me the most.

photo of bottle of Enfield Cabernet Waterhorse Ridge

It reminds me of the Cabs from California’s golden age in the 60s and 70s. There’s a similar understatement, structure, and subtle, savory profile.

It’s probably fitting that this is a California Cabernet from one of the most unlikely places. The very cool Fort Ross-Seaview AVA has established itself as one of California’s top Pinot Noir addresses. Enfield’s Cabernet is a wonderful surprise. Enfield’s John Lockwood sums up the vineyard as follows: “Marcassin and Hirsch are directly opposite this site and no one even knows about it.”

Lockwood fell in love with the vineyard. Situated on California’s Sonoma coast, the site is extreme, benefitting from the crazy tension between the cool coastal influence and the warmth of the California sun. What results is a Cabernet of incredible finesse and incisive minerality.

The 2017 is another stunning vintage of the wine. It offers dark fruits that are complicated by earth, tobacco, spice, and a gentle earthiness. This was far from a straightforward vintage and the wine's success highlights how thoughtful the approach at Enfield is. 

Enfield is one of our favorite California wineries. The gracefulness and overall composition of the 2017 Waterhorse Ridge Cabernet serve as a prime example of why we find their work so impressive. Don't miss this example of what California Cabernet can offer. 

To order, email offers@crushwineco.com or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Ian McFadden
Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits

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