Enfield Wine Co: Winemaker Focus

By Rachel Goldman  |  December 02,2020   |  0

John Lockwood in Haynes vineyard, Coombsville, Napa Valley

Enfield Wine Co. is the family project of John and Amy Lockwood, with a focus on producing wines of personality. They do not subscribe to the ideal of the perfect wine, but to the notion that the very best wines tell a unique story.

Driven by soil first and foremost, Enfield Wine Co. seeks out vineyards that possess a distinct and powerful sense of place – across region, grape variety, and vine age. Working only with small vineyards and independent growers, every step of the process is guided by the intent to maximize this character of terroir. Grapes are harvested for balance and the wines are all given the chance to ferment naturally. The lineup of wines extends from fresh, mineral driven everyday wines, to quirky “off the beaten path” vineyards and varietals, and age-worthy wines of elegance and power from classic regions of California. Each has its own story to tell.

Haynes vineyard in Coombsville.

After surviving a summer job in high school hand-weeding grape vines at a winery in Vermont and studying as an apprentice to a Master Luthier (guitar builder) in Oakland, John Lockwood got his start in the California wine industry in 2004 working up at Heron Lake vineyard with David Mahaffey. He went on to work harvests with Ted Lemon at Littorai, Bodega Melipal in Argentina, and Failla Wines with Ehren Jordan where he worked for 5 years farming and managing the Sonoma Coast and Russian River estate vineyards. He started Enfield Wine Co. in 2010 as small side-project while still working at Failla, and in 2013 took the plunge with Enfield as a full time project.

Heron Lake Chardonnay, Enfield Wine Co

From John upon reflection on the past year:

“It’s been quite a year. I’m ready for culture. I crave art. I want to reflect on beautiful things and be reminded of creativity. I want to support things I know are good.
Wine has always been a place of balance for me. Yes it can and should be a simple beverage, but at its best wine can be transporting. Like a walk in the redwoods, it engulfs you and forces you to connect with your own senses and to the natural world. ”

On the 2018 vintage:

“2018 was not only a great vintage, it was a year that gave us a chance to showcase everything we get excited about. The wines are bursting with energy and ripe fruit, yet maintain the purity and elegance we strive for, with a crisp mineral structure to hold it all together.”

Join us in welcoming the Fall Release wines from Enfield Wine Co.

  • 2018 Chardonnay, Haynes Vineyard, Coombsville Napa Valley
  • 2018 Pretty Horses Tempranillo
  • 2018 Syrah, Haynes Vineyard, Coombsville Napa Valley
  • 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Waterhorse Ridge

In stock from the Spring Release wines:

  • 2018 Citrine Chardonnay, California
  • 2018 Chardonnay, Heron Lake, Wild Horse Valley
  • 2018 Pinot Noir, Heron Lake, Wild Horse Valley
  • 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, North Coast (Back in Stock!)

Past Vintages available:

  • 2017 Syrah, Haynes Vineyard, Coombsville Napa Valley
  • 2014 Syrah, Haynes Vineyard, Coombsville Napa Valley

Find the current wholesale pricelist here: https://www.beauneimports.com/current-price-list

For retail clients, shop the 2018 Pretty Horses Tempranillo as part of the Organic Holiday Reds 6pk here: https://beauneimports.securecheckout.com/product/detail/BOX019.html

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