We’re excited to announce the next installment of our Wine of the Month! For September, we’ve selected our 2016 Special Reserve Enargeia - a wine with a new name, but a familiar story.
Pronounced en-ar-GEE-a, Enargeia is a Bordeaux blend made with Napa Valley fruit and is the successor to the much-enjoyed The Wine Dark Sea.
You might remember we chose the name The Wine Dark Sea from Homer’s ancient writings. For this new name, we went back to Homer’s Iliad and other Greek texts. In ancient Greek literature, Homer used Enargeia to describe how the gods returned to earth as mortals, contributing to an ongoing sense of presence. The ancient Greek philosopher Artistotle also used a form of this word to explain the natural energy of human pleasure and happiness.
We thought it another fitting name for this wine, as it is a wine of great density, yet has a sense of charm, reflecting Howard’s love of this classical blend and the ancient Greek classics themselves, especially Homer. (Howard is our owner Angela's late husband, and the original inspiration for this wine, which we've made to honor and remember him.) Enargeia literally means vividness, imagination, a brightness of both this world and the next.
The blend consists of 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Franc, and 11% Malbec. It is a graceful and structured wine, presenting dark purple hues with aromas of deep plum, blackberry, espresso, and anise. Flavors of blackberry, cassis, and toasted barrel all add extra depth and texture. The combination provides a rich and complex mouthfeel with excellent length.
We’ll be celebrating our Enargeia all month in the Tasting Room and at various events. We hope you’ll stop by and give it a try!