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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
Harvest Dates: August 31 – September 1, 2017
Fermentation: 3, 4, and 6-ton open top tanks; 15% whole cluster
Aging: 14 months in French oak barrels
Winemaker: Andrew Delos
Director of Winemaking: Dirk Hampson
Release Date: November 2019
First Vintage: 2013

Vineyard Description

We consider Amber Ridge Vineyard the backbone of our EnRoute Pinot Noir, “Les Pommiers.” Located off Starr Road, this 22-acre vineyard is the warmest site from which we source fruit. Although temperatures rarely exceed 90°F, the vineyard enjoys extended mornings and evenings with clear, warm skies. Fog, the hallmark of the Russian River Valley, begins its early morning recession towards the coast, starting at the northern end of the valley and then returning 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.

Harvest Notes

The growing season of 2017 was a bit of a roller coaster ride with more extreme weather than usual. Adequate rainfall filled the soils, allowing for normal budbreak and good vine growth. A small hailstorm in June caused a slight concern of decreasing crop size, but we were very fortunate to have minimal damage. Mature berry tannins and vibrant red-and black fruit flavors with perfect sugars were present by the third week of August, with picking beginning shortly after.

Sensory Evaluation

2017 Amber Ridge Pinot Noir begins with spectacular aromas of juicy, red fruit complemented by touches of black olive, sweet anise and floral notes. With a commanding entry, this wine possesses great density and texture that continues to build with each sip. Enticing flavors of potpourri and cedar round out this luscious Pinot Noir.