Terre Rouge, Enigma White 2014, Sierra Foothills, Sierra Nevada, CA
This blend of Marsanne, Roussanne, and Viognier can stand toe-to-toe with a Châteauneuf du Pape Blanc and has notes of apricot, green almond, and acacia blossom with a crisp finish.
APPELLATION (AVA): Sierra Foothills
REGION: El Dorado County
SUBREGION: Sierra Nevada
VINEYARD: Suma Kaw
GRAPES: 50% Marsanne, 25% Roussanne, 25% Viognier
PRACTICE: Organic farming, sustainable
VINIFICATION: Whole-cluster pressing, barrel fermentation, aged on the lees
COLOR: Pale gold
BODY: Medium (5-6)
PRIMARY AROMAS: Apricot, green almond, honey, acacia, tangerine, papaya
FLAVOR: Creamy, peach, apple, quince, mineral notes, crisp finish
FORMAT: 750 ml
SERVICE AND SUGGESTION: Serve with rich white meat or rich fish or seafood such as crab, lobster, or monkfish
ABOUT THE PRODUCER:
Winemaker Bill Easton is one of the original Rhône Rangers and pioneered the Rhône varietals in the Sierra Foothills in the late 80s. His wines are balanced and elegant, with complexity that develops as the wines age in bottle. The French call it élevage, which is "raising" the wine in the bottle before drinking. There is an art to this style of winemaking and there is great pleasure in drinking a wine that has just started to show what it will be.
Terre Rouge and Easton Wines was founded in the late 80’s by Bill Easton and Jane O’Riordan. Winemaker Bill Easton is one of the original Rhône Rangers and pioneered the Rhône varietals in the Sierra Foothills under the TERRE ROUGE label. The EASTON portfolio includes Amador County favorites like old vine zinfandel and barbera. Our wines are balanced and elegant, with complexity that develops as the wines age in bottle. The French call it élevage, which is "raising" the wine in the bottle. There is an art to this style of winemaking and great pleasure in a wine that is ready to drink, while still showing great promise for future aging.
ABOUT THE VINEYARDS: 2900’ elevation, volcanic soil, planted to Rhône varietals
ABOUT THE LABEL:
TERRE ROUGE means "Red Earth". This vermillion-colored soil is one of the hallmarks of our region. Our vineyards are in soils that are largely granite and volcanic-based. The TERRE ROUGE portfolio is composed of wines made from Rhône varietals grown in the rugged and varying terroirs of this region: Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Viognier, Roussanne, Marsanne. High elevation sites up to 3200’ contribute to the complexity of our wines.