The coveted Enz Vineyard was planted in the 1880's. As the hunt for gold intensified here in the foothills of the Gabilan Mountains small outposts were created by immigrants heading west. These outposts offered supplies, food (yes, there are 100+ year old table grape vines here), and most importantly, wine. We are reminded of this every time we visit the vineyard by the stone ruins of the old saloon and boarding house that sits just across the road from the vines. The Enz Vineyard is the lone vineyard in San Benito County's Lime Kiln Valley AVA. As the name suggests there are rich deposits of limestone along with granite just below the sandy topsoil. In-fact there is a bustling granite quarry on the opposite end of the property which is overseen by the dexterous Russel Enz. The vines are dry farmed and over 100 years old! Along with a select group of others we are incredibly fortunate work to with such a unique vineyard. The grapes were completely destemmed then added, whole-berry, into our 476 gallon concrete egg for fermentation using native yeast. After pressing the wine is aged for 20 months in neutral 500L puncheon and a few stainless steel carboys. The wine was bottled unfiltered and unfined.
Penville was founded in 2013 by friends Patton Penhallegon & Michael Villas to create wine from the central coast of California. Patton Penhallegon is the sommelier for Mozza restaurant in Newport Beach California and has worked for some of the top wine distribution company's in the country.
Michael Villas is an advanced sommelier who has worked for southern California's leading hotels and restaurants including Michael Mina's Aqua and Studio at the Montage Laguna Beach.