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.
Appellation: Russian River Valley
Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir, Dijon Clone
Harvest Dates: August 14-24, 2015
Fermentation: 4, 5, and 6-ton open top tanks
Aging: 15 months in French oak barrels
Winemaker: Andrew Delos
Director of Winemaking: Dirk Hampson
Release Date: November 2017
First Vintage: 2014
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.
2015 was the earliest harvest in the history of EnRoute Winery, with vineyards being harvested an average of 14 days early. Drought conditions in spring and early summer resulted in a greatly reduced crop with uncommonly small, yet concentrated, berries. As the warm summer progressed, the fruit matured quickly, and by the second week of August we started to see beautifully mature berry tannins and fresh, red-and-black fruit flavors with perfect sugars. Harvest began in the warmer northern Russian River Valley on August 14th and slowly progressed south over four weeks, finishing in the very cool Green Valley AVA. From the onset of fermentation the wines displayed lovely aromas of dark blackberry and Bing cherry with just the right amount of sage, underbrush and a touch of forest floor. Tannins and color were abundant in 2015, and the resulting wines possess deep color, rich and coating tannins, and a very persistent, juicy core. The 2015 wines are extremely pleasing upon release, but because of their structure and intensity, will reward anyone who should choose to lay some down for 5-10 years or more!
The 2015 Hop Kiln defines why we love Pinot Noir from Westside Road. Aromas of dark fruits, blackberries, sage, game and leather are complemented by a beautiful floral note. The mouth is very concentrated, offering incredibly layered tannins that meld wonderfully with bright acidity. The interplay of the tannins and acid create a wine that is at once dense and juicy while finishing clean and refreshing. This wine should age for at least the next 5-10 years.