The culmination of a decades-long quest to find the most preeminent locations in Northern California to produce outstanding, unparalleled Pinot Noir, EnRoute Winery was established in 2007 by the partners of Napa Valley's Far Niente. Their mission brought them to the Russian River Valley, a short distance by car — but worlds away to the keen-sensed vintner.
This valley enveloped in fog, where wet winters and springs give way to moderate summers, feels almost divinely crafted for the singular purpose of growing amazing Pinot Noir. For winemakers with a passion as strong as ours, this idyllic American Viticultural Area (AVA) might as well be paradise: Year after year, the Russian River Valley's slow, consistent growing conditions allow us to attentively shepherd every step of the vinification process — and that means perfectly crafted Pinots for wine lovers like you.
We fell in love with the Russian River Valley region and built a strong commitment to expanding our winemaking efforts. Since our founding, we have established our own vineyards and a winery so that we may capture the magical essence of Pinot Noir.
When we began our pursuit of the pinnacle of Pinot Noir — embodied in our "Les Pommiers" blend — we chose to approach the varietal by combining the best fruit from vineyards across the Russian River Valley region. Over the years, we discovered that several vineyards consistently stood out for their beautiful expression of site. Hence, we were inspired to explore single-vineyard offerings.
We couldn’t be happier with that decision. Our single-vineyard offerings range from intensely structured wines with bold aromas to more delicate Pinot Noirs with silky tannins and subtle fruit and earth notes. These are the differences that make Pinot Noir such an intriguing and exciting varietal to work with, and we’re elated to share its diversity of tastes and textures.
We debuted our EnRoute Single-Vineyard Pinot Noirs with the 2013 vintage, featuring wines from our Amber Ridge and Northern Spy Vineyards. Our single-vineyard program showcases the pedigree of each site, while ultimately underscoring the greatness of our EnRoute Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, "Les Pommiers."
While Pinot Noir brought us to the Russian River Valley, the region's climate is equally ideal for Pinot's natural white wine partner, Chardonnay. EnRoute’s Chardonnay, "Brumaire," is named for the morning fog that famously cloaks the Russian River Valley, which creates the perfect climate to nurture our fruit to ideal ripeness. It’s just as refreshing and invigorating as the morning fog for which it is named.
Combining carefully chosen heritage clones of Chardonnay grown in cooler Russian River Valley vineyards, "Brumaire" showcases the vibrant, bright citrus and mineral notes, and palate-filling textures that are the trademarks of the region’s best Chardonnays. Stylish and approachable, the wine's tropical top notes, palate-filling flavor, lively acidity and cool minerality consistently delight lovers of pure, expressive Russian River Chardonnay.
Called "Facile à Boire" (translation: easy to drink), our debut EnRoute Rosé of Pinot Noir marries carefully chosen Pinot Noir lots from across the Russian River Valley. Crafted from 100% free-run Pinot Noir, our saignée style rosé fills the palate with notes of wild strawberries and just-picked cherries. Its charming perfume, fresh acidity and distinct minerailty remind us that rosé can be both refreshing and sophisticated.
Like our single-vineyard Pinot Noirs, "Facile à Boire" is made in limited quantities and available exclusively from the winery. It's a perfect picnic partner, a favorite beach wine, and as delightful to enjoy as its name implies.
"The way we craft our rosé gives the final wine a rounder mouthfeel yet allows us to preserve that burst of mineral-acidity that makes rosé so refreshing.” - Michael Accurso, EnRoute Winemaker