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Wine’s only as good as the vine

One of the benefits of making wine for two decades is the ability to build deep, collaborative relationships with some of the best grape growers in the region. As far back as 2005 we’ve been sourcing our grapes from environmentally sustainable vineyards that place a premium on quality and distinctive expressions of each variety, and you can taste the difference.

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Diener Ranch

We have been sourcing from this outstanding vineyard since 2005. Petite Sirah thrives in the rich volcanic soil of the Red Hills Appellation in Lake County, California. Diener Ranch’s Petite Sirah was planted in 1996 on St. George, Clone 3, at an altitude from 2200 to 2400 feet. The fruit has exceptionally concentrated flavors with tannin characteristics and a full body. The color was said to be, “dark as a moonless night.” On the nose, new leather, dark fruit, and black pepper. The deep flavors of warm blackberries, pepper, plum skin, and spice meet a firm but velvety texture that lingers for a beautiful finish. The luscious fruit is used both as a blending grape as well as a highly regarded stand alone.

Grapes: Petite Sirah
Wines: Petite Sirah Vineyard designate, Humbaba

Tina Marie

A unique vineyard, where we’ve been sourcing since 2006, is farmed by Erik Olson and Stephan Bessone. The Dijon clones are sourced from the cool Green Valley, a special sub-appellation of the Russian River Valley. The coveted fruit produces complex aromatic pinot noir with crushed red berry flavors and earthy tones. The gold ridge soils are a hallmark of the Russian RIver Valley with a lot of minerality and excellent drainage.

Grapes: Pinot Noir
Wines: Tina Marie Pinot Noir vineyard designate, RRV Pinot

Pine Mountain

Pine Mountain vineyard is located on the upper western flank of Pine Mountain, equidistant between the summit of Pine Mountain and Cloverdale Peak, at the center of the newly established Pine Mountain-Cloverdale Peak AVA. The defining characteristic of Pine Mountain Vineyards is its elevation, with all of its 36 acres of vine-planted blocks spread out between 2,200 to 2,800 feet, the large majority facing south or southwest. The mountainous terrain is typically steep; the soil is shallow to moderately deep, very well drained, and contains large components of sand and gravel. The micro-climate of the vineyard exhibits all the characteristics associated with high-elevation viticulture. These include cooler daytime and warmer nighttime temperatures than in the valley, longer sunlight hours, and cooling oceanic breezes. An analysis of growing season degree-days at Pine Mountain Vineyards shows that it is very similar to high quality Cabernet Sauvignon sites in southern Napa Valley. With its unique combination of features, the Pine Mountain Vineyards terroir favors the production of fruit that is intense in flavor and color, with clusters that are typically only one-third to one-half the size of valley-grown grapes. We are thrilled to have a long standing relationship with this incredible vineyard dating back to 2013.

Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon
Wines: Ansar, High Mayacamas CS , Sonoma County CS

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Winemaker & Staff

Enkidu founder and winemaker Phillip Staehle loves wine so much he had his own wine collection when he was 18.

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Our Vineyard Partners

We’re proud of our long standing partnerships with California vineyards.

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Did You Know:

We use wild native yeast to start the fermentation process in our red wines.