Red Wine for Summer, EnRoute Single-Vineyard Pinot, Pt. 2

by on July 18, 2017

When temperatures really start to climb, this Single-Vineyard Pinot Noir from one of Russian River Valley’s coolest pockets, is our go-to red wine for summer! Get to know EnRoute’s Northern Spy Vineyard Pinot Noir.

red wine for summer

It’s official. Summer is here, and with it comes so many great occasions to get outside, break out your backyard smoker and pull the cork on a great bottle of wine. The summer caveat, however, is that you want a wine that can hold its own against the rich flavors of, say, a slow-smoked pork shoulder, yet has bright, silky flavors that still feel refreshing on a hot day.

On sunny July and August days here at EnRoute, we often turn to our Single-Vineyard Pinot Noir from one of our coolest Russian River Valley sites, the Northern Spy Vineyard. The wine consistently gives us the most intoxicating fruit-floral perfume (think plums, violets and lavender) with cool, dark blue fruit flavors, and a beautifully lifted minerality on the finish.

Keep reading to learn more about this special Green Valley vineyard and wine: (more…)

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Summer Wine List: EnRoute Single-Vineyard Pinot Noir, Pt. 1

by on June 7, 2017

 As we transition from late spring into early summer, we can’t get enough of our EnRoute Single-Vineyard Pinot Noir from the Amber Ridge Vineyard.

The days are long and warm. The evenings still hold a bit of that late spring chill. It’s the time of year when we want something more textured and complex than the uber-crisp white wines and rosés that are “trending” this season. We want something vibrant, that can be enjoyed slightly chilled, yet that also holds up to the glazed, double-cut pork chops we’re serving out on the back porch.

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Our New Favorite Pinot Noir Appetizer: Butter lettuce Cups with Duck Confit Salad

by on April 12, 2017

EnRoute Pinot Butter Lettuce Cup

We served this Asian-inspired appetizer with our flagship Russian River Pinot Noir during our first-ever EnRoute Salon this past February (learn more about the event here), The rains were pouring outside, but the indoor vibe was pure Beach Boys and surf boards. Placing the lettuce cups in the bamboo basket added just the right tropical touch. Since then, it’s become our favorite Pinot Noir appetizer for casual gatherings and small dinner parties. (more…)

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Our First-Ever EnRoute Russian River Pinot Noir Salon

by on February 8, 2017

EnRoute Russian River Pinot Noir

Although 2007 was our first vintage for EnRoute, we’ve been enchanted by Russian River Pinot Noir for nearly three decades. We’re clearly passionate about our wines. So, when our Napa Valley sister winery, Nickel & Nickel, invited us to hop over the county line and introduce our new single-vineyard Pinot Noirs during their annual Open House, the entire EnRoute winemaking team (yes, those gents pictured below) showed up to pour and talk about our passion for Pinot.

EnRoute Winemaking Team

In addition to our new single-vineyard collection, we brought the newest release of our flagship Russian River Pinot, the EnRoute “Les Pommiers,” to the Salon. This was the very first time we’ve poured all four of our EnRoute Pinots together at one event, and it was very exciting to taste them all side by side. The single-vineyard wines showcased the pedigree of their individual site, yet ultimately they underscored the greatness of our “Les Pommiers” blend.

For those who missed this year’s Open House event, we put together a quick and easy recap of the tasting notes from the day. (more…)

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Introducing Our New EnRoute Website!

by on November 4, 2016

Russian River Valley, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Single Vineyard, WineAnd Access to Our Single-Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noirs!

One of the things we most often hear from those who love our Russian River Valley Pinot Noir and Chardonnay is, “We’d love to visit your winery!” And then we have to tell them that we don’t, in fact, have a tasting room—that for now, the best way to experience EnRoute is through our wines—or by visiting our brand new website.

The new EnRoute website features our Russian River Valley wines and the vineyards where they are grown. You are likely familiar with our flagship Pinot Noir, “Les Pommiers,” which began with the 2007 vintage. But you may not know we produce a Chardonnay, “Brumaire,” and limited-release Single-Vineyard Pinot Noirs.

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