EnRoute Pinot Noir Russian River Valley


Single-Vineyard Pinot Noir from Amber Ridge Vineyard

Made in the Heart of the Russian River Valley

Amber Ridge Vineyard

Amber Ridge grows on a gently rolling hillside in the warm Upper Middle Reach of the Russian River Valley. One of our earlier vineyard acquisitions, this site is considered to produce the backbone of our EnRoute Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, “Les Pommiers” blend. Amber Ridge offers a powerful palate balanced with bright acidity, as well as the prominent Bing cherry notes present in “Les Pommiers.”

Technical Notes

Appellation: Russian River Valley
Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir, Calera Clone
Harvest Dates: September 2-5, 2014
Punch Downs: 1-3 per day
Aging: 15 months in French oak barrels (40% new / 60% neutral)
Fermenter: 4-6 ton open-top
Winemaker: Andrew Delos
Director of Winemaking: Dirk Hampson
Release Date: November 2016
First Vintage: 2013

Vineyard Description

The Amber Ridge Vineyard is the backbone of EnRoute Pinot Noir, “Les Pommiers.” Located off Starr Road, this 22-acre site is the warmest of our vineyards. The vineyard enjoys long mornings and evenings with clear, warm skies. Fog, the hallmark of the Russian River Valley, begins its early morning recession to the coast, starting at the northern end of the valley, and then returns in the late afternoon from the south. This seasonal fog pattern can allow for up to three extra hours of sunlight and warmth when compared to our vineyards just 12 miles away on the southern end of the valley.

Sensory Evaluation

The 2014 EnRoute Amber Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir is produced entirely from the Calera clone, which offers abundant plum and pomegranate flavors, and is prized for earth and mineral notes, deep color and texture. A combination of fresh Bing cherry, crushed raspberries and cola jump from the glass, followed by dried herbs, mocha and hints of earthy loam. Impressive juicy red flavors greet upon entry and give way to a coating, bright and long finish. This wine is ripe and dense with distinct cherry notes present on the nose and the palate.