on February 27, 2018
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.
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…)
With the release of our 2014 EnRoute Pinot Noir Russian River Valley, “Les Pommiers this month, we can’t help but flash back to August, 2014, when one of the earliest, most intensely-paced harvests in EnRoute history kicked off. Below, Winemaker Andrew Delos recounts: (more…)
This month, we unveiled the debut vintage of our EnRoute Russian River Valley Single-Vineyard Pinot Noir: the 2013 EnRoute Amber Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir and the 2013 EnRoute Northern Spy Vineyard Pinot Noir! These two vineyards comprise the backbone of our flagship Russian River Valley wine, the EnRoute Pinot Noir Les Pommiers, but they also make exceptional stand-alone wines.
Club members were the first to be offered these exciting new wines (we invite you to read more about our EnRoute Pinot Noir Club, here).To learn more about the inspiration behind their creation, read on! (more…)
In her first year as a full-time member of the EnRoute Team, Cellar Worker Kamyn Asher proved she’s got the humor and drive to keep pace with the pros. Which came in handy during what turned out to be EnRoute’s most high-speed Russian River Valley harvest to date.
Ask the EnRoute Winery team about Cellar Master J.P. Perez, and you’ll hear very similar responses:
“He leads by example–just gets after it all day and into the evening. He NEVER complains or asks for time off or talks about how tired he is.”
“He’s a professional with his work. He gets the job done right, every time. No cutting corners.”
“He’s pretty quiet during harvest.”
“He’s actually pretty quiet, and likes to actually DO the work instead of letting his team do everything.”
J.P. began his career with us in 1999 in the maintenance department at our sister winery, Far Niente. Recognizing his quiet work ethic and great attention to detail, the winemaking team eventually transitioned him into the cellar. In 2013, Winemaker Andrew Delos brought him on board as the EnRoute Winery Cellar Master, just in time to bring in our 2013 EnRoute Pinot Noir. He’s been an essential part of the team ever since.
“It would not be a stretch to say that Gordon has had a hand in building everything in the winery – shelves, ladders, glycol lines, pumps, topping systems, air compressor parts, computer systems – all while building and then maintaining the EnRoute laboratory.” Andrew Delos, Winemaker
“Currently, I’ve been chancing things, by turning my iPod on “full shuffle,” a dangerous proposition, as this could mix Beastie Boys, Chopin, Metallica, and Thelonious Monk – and then suddenly throw out a lecture about Plutarch. I attempted all bluegrass yesterday morning; it did not go well. MUTINY.” Assistant Winemaker Gordon Smith, on his PlayList Wars set
“There’s nothing like listening to a little Rush while bottling, receiving fruit – and glass, simultaneously! – sorting, crushing, doing additions, sampling vineyards, and all with a team of seven people, total. I love this stuff!”
“And the bottling line just broke!”
–Andrew Delos, EnRoute Winemaker
Flowering is underway in the vineyards,and we captured this exciting stage of growth on a perfect spring day. In Green Valley, our Northern Spy Vineyard is showing beautiful flower clusters (second photo). Further north in Windsor, the majority of the caps covering the flowers in our Amber Ridge vineyard (fourth photo) are just about to pop off and stamens are about to emerge. Next up in the life of the grape is fruit set, when the berries begin to form.
Our Russian River Valley vineyards have yielded yet another wonderful vintage! Our recently released 2013 EnRoute Pinot Noir, “Les Pommiers” presents an alluring combination of flavors with a dense, yet still silky, texture. Read on for a more detailed sensory evaluation from Winemaker Andrew Delos: