The name “Enkidu” comes from one of the oldest known stories: The Epic of Gilgamesh. The demi-god Enkidu was a steward of the land and protector of animals created by the gods as a foil to King Gilgamesh. Early in his existence, Enkidu was rustic and rough around the edges, but over time he became more cultured and refined. Winemaker and owner, Phillip Staehle takes inspiration from the character of Enkidu. He works closely with growers who farm conscientiously and take pride in treating the land and vines with respect. He ferments with native yeasts, and ages the wine in neutral French oak for 24 months. Humbaba, by the way, was a monster created by the gods to terrify men and keep them out of the Gods’ cedar forest. Gilgamesh and Enkidu slew Humbaba. There’s something to ponder over a nice glass of spicy, medium-full bodied wine and Mediterranean food.