EnRoute Pinot Noir Russian River Valley


Single-Vineyard Pinot Noir from Hop Kiln Vineyard

Made in the Heart of the Russian River Valley

Hop Kiln Vineyard

Hop Kiln Vineyard’s northern location and proximity to the Russian River allow for great sun exposure, moderate heat through the evening, and cooler nights as the fog travels up the river from the south. These ideal conditions allow for Hop Kiln to be the first to be harvested every year, typically in late August. This vineyard produces fruit with uncommon depth and intensity, offering juicy dark fruit, earth and herbal notes to the “Les Pommiers” blend.

Technical Notes

Appellation: Russian River Valley
Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir, Dijon Clone
Harvest Dates: August 21-September 1, 2013
Harvest Brix: 24.4%
Yeast: Native and RC212
Aging: 15 months in French oak barrels (45% new / 55% neutral)
Cold Soak: 4 days
Winemaker: Andrew Delos
Director of Winemaking: Dirk Hampson
Release Date: November 2015
First Vintage: 2014

Vineyard Description

Hop Kiln Vineyard is located in the Northern portion of the Russian River Valley on Westside Road, just a quarter of a mile from the river. Red, rocky soils and steeply sloped hills decrease vigor, which produces grapes of exceptional depth and intensity. We source from 23 separate and distinct blocks across this 95-acre vineyard in an effort to locate the best fruit within this site’s unique microclimates.

Sensory Evaluation

The 2014 EnRoute Hop Kiln Vineyard Pinot Noir is largely sourced from the Dijon clone, which offers intense dark fruits enhanced with notes of leather, earth and herb. Blackberry, boysenberry, and plum impressions mix with dried sage and crushed rose petal aromas. The entry is silky and coating, with a rich progression of dark fruits from nose to palate.