Springtime in Russian River Valley

by on May 19, 2015

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.

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Northern Spy Vineyard in Green Valley

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Amber Ridge Vineyard, the backbone of our Russian River Valley Pinot Noir.

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Tasting Notes: 2013 EnRoute Pinot Noir, “Les Pommiers”

by on March 31, 2015

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:

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The 2013 EnRoute Pinot Noir, “Les Pommiers,” offers explosive aromatics of pomegranate and cherry with hints of perfume, tobacco leaf, mineral, baking spices and a lovely floral note. The entry is warm and coating, followed closely by rich, layered tannins. This is perhaps the densest wine that we have produced thus far, while still exhibiting the beautiful silkiness Pinot Noir lovers find so attractive. The finish is clean, bright and juicy, leaving palates refreshed and wanting more.

For complete winemaker notes, click here.

Please visit our online shop or call the winery at (707) 944-2412 if you’re interested in acquiring this beautiful vintage of “Les Pommiers.”

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2014 EnRoute Harvest Recap

by on October 21, 2014

The craziness of harvest is winding down as we finish processing our Pinot Noir. If you follow us on Facebook, you might have already seen that we brought in the last of our fruit earlier this month. Overall, 2014 was a remarkable year for EnRoute Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Not only was this our longest harvest ever – we anticipate finishing at eight weeks as opposed to our usual five – but we also brought in a little more fruit of both varietals than we typically do.

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Pinot Noir clusters from Graton Vineyard, Russian River Valley

This year, our Graton Vineyard really started coming into full production volumes with its maturing vines. We’re excited to see what this will add to our Pinot Noir blend; this vineyard typically yields notes of dark red fruits, earthy mineral notes with lots of spice and gorgeous perfume. So far, the 2014 EnRoute Pinot Noir, “Les Pommiers,” is exhibiting great color and tannins and dark plum, raspberry and pomegranate flavors are evident already.

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Chardonnay from the recently acquired Weeks Vineyard, Russian River Valley

2014 was a particularly amazing year for our Chardonnay. We acquired three new Chardonnay vineyards, all in and around the Sebastopol hills. The 2014 EnRoute Chardonnay, “Brumaire,” is showing very bright acidity and is coming together nicely with fantastic tropical fruit flavors and citrus notes.

We definitely cannot wait to see how the 2014 vintage will evolve over the coming months.

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Introducing Weeks Vineyard

by on September 5, 2014

Weeks Vineyard

The above photo is a shot from our recent acquisition, Weeks Vineyard. Situated west of the city of Sebastopol in the Russian River Valley, this hillside vineyard enjoys shade from the towering, adjacent forest at the base of its sloped terrain and is a mere ten minutes away from our EnRoute Graton Vineyard.

We chose this site for its proven ability to produce high quality Chardonnay. The cooler daytime temperatures, coupled with cool evenings, make this particular area ideal for this grape variety. The Goldridge sandy loam found on the property lends itself to producing vines of moderate size that facilitate the necessary concentration of flavors and flavor components.

So far, the fruit is holding up nicely and we anticipate starting harvest in about two weeks – 2014 will be the first harvest from this vineyard. Weeks is a remarkable property, and we believe the fruit has incredible potential for “Les Brumeux”. We look forward to sourcing Chardonnay from such a wonderfully picturesque location.

To read more about EnRoute Chardonnay, “Les Brumeux,” please visit our website here.

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Bottling 2013 EnRoute Pinot Noir, “Les Pommiers”

by on August 20, 2014

Last week, the EnRoute production facility was alive with the sounds of clinking bottles and the whirs of forklifts. While most would call this noise, we consider this a melody mécanique indicating the completion of our 2013 EnRoute Pinot Noir, Les Pommiers. This vintage won’t be hitting your cellars until a few months from now, but enjoy this little teaser for the gustatory delights that are to come:

Fans of the 2012 Les Pommiers will be happy to find that the 2013 vintage carries similar notes of cranberry, plum and pomegranate. This upcoming release displays more prominent darker fruits of blackberry and plum, as opposed to the 2012 vintage’s outstanding bing cherry notes, complemented by EnRoute’s hallmark notes of earthy sage, spice and mineral. On the finish, this wine shows chewier tannins and more acidity than past vintages. We anticipate it will be a true delight to pair at the dinner table.

The excitement doesn’t stop here either, folks. The Russian River Valley is bustling with activity. As we wrap up one vintage, the next is already in the works. This week we’ve been gearing up for the arrival of our 2014 Pinot Noir grapes. In fact, harvest starts tonight!

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