Tasting Notes: EnRoute Chardonnay, Les Brumeux

by on April 15, 2014

We recently introduced the newest member of the EnRoute family: EnRoute Chardonnay, Les Brumeux. We pride ourselves in our Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, but we have to admit that the area also makes a fantastic Chardonnay.

Sensory Evaluation: The 2012 EnRoute Chardonnay, Les Brumeux opens with crisp and flinty aromas of peach, orange blossom, citrus and subtle notes of pineapple. These fruit-dominated aromas slowly give way to floral and mineral notes with citrus zest. Upon entry, beautiful creaminess and stone fruits evolve into warm, toasty oak with an oily texture that coats the entire palate. The wonderfully bright and lively acidity keeps the mouthfeel balanced and leads to a mouthwatering and refreshing finish.


The complete winemaker’s notes can be found here. If you’re interested in acquiring this limited vintage, please contact us at (707) 944-2412.

We also noticed the 2012 EnRoute Chardonnay has been making its rounds on Instagram and Twitter – if you get a chance to taste Les Brumeux, snap a photo and tweet us with your thoughts at @EnRouteWine!


In the Vineyard: 2014 EnRoute Budbreak

by on March 21, 2014

It’s that time of the year again! Budbreak at our Amber Ridge Vineyard signals the start of a new growing season for EnRoute. The buds left during pruning are starting to emerge with new shoots:

2014 Amber Ridge Budbreak 02

2014 Amber Ridge Budbreak 01

Look forward to more updates from the vineyard in the coming months. For now, enjoy this first peek of our 2014 vintage.


VIDEO: Crispy Skin Duck Breast and EnRoute Pinot Noir

by on March 4, 2014

2012 EnRoute Pinot Noir, Les Pommiers, captures classic Russian River Valley attributes with plenty of dark fruits, tobacco and mineral notes. Executive Chef Trevor Eliason and Winemaker Andrew Delos discuss the wine in this video, and Chef Trevor shares a mouthwatering recipe that will pair perfectly.

Check out the full recipe here, and to acquire your own 2012 EnRoute Pinot Noir, visit our brand new wine shop.


Jack the EnRoute Winery Dog

by on January 20, 2014

Despite the distinct absence of a Polar Vortex here at EnRoute, it is most definitely winter. The harvest is a fast receding memory, the 2013 wines are put to bed, and the only sounds in the cellar are coming from Jack, the winery dog. Well, mostly.

Unlike our Cabernet-steeped siblings at Far Niente and Nickel & Nickel, we here in Pinot Land don’t spend the entire winter racking wine back and forth, blending and barreling down again. On the contrary, to maintain EnRoute’s signature aromatics and complexity, we leave the wines in barrel until bottling, the summer following vintage, disturbing them only for topping. This means we spend our non-topping hours cleaning, organizing, running lab analysis, planning (already!) for the 2014 vintage—and, of course, playing with the dog.

Jack the Winery Dog

It could be said that Jack—Winemaker Andrew Delos’ 82-pound black lab—is EnRoute’s most active team member at the moment. With the human contingent either sitting at desks or leisurely performing cellar work, Jack darts down barrel rows and bounds across tank pads, often in search of his favorite toys in the world: retired barrel bungs. Not a day goes by that he doesn’t repeatedly chase a thrown or kicked bung, bouncing erratically like an on-side kick. In fact, he is so demanding of us in this regard that we have developed sore arms and legs. So much for all that harvest stamina!

Chasing bungs is hard work, though, so Jack can only take so much in a day. When not careening around the cellar, he enjoys being the center of attention in the winery office. This involves begging for food in the break room, rifling through trashcans, and—his favorite office job—sleeping on the couch.

Jack's favorite spot

So it goes at EnRoute this winter. When spring arrives (which looks to be in short order this year!), we will begin our evaluation of the 2013 wines, head into the vineyards to assess the nascent 2014 crop, and continue to play bung fetch with a certain winery dog. Stay tuned for news of the 2013 vintage, as well as the growing EnRoute team!


News from EnRoute

by on June 4, 2013

Winemaker Andrew Delos is happy to report that the vineyards are enjoying the long, sunny spring days. Weather conditions are starting the season off wonderfully, and flowering and fruit set are well underway. The warm temperatures in the northern area of the Russian River have developed early berry set and beautiful clusters on the vine. To the south, there are cooler temperatures and a later start of fruit set, but very uniform flowering under near perfect conditions. Looks like the 2013 growing season will be a good one for our Russian River Valley-based winery! In fact, many delightful things are currently in motion for EnRoute — stay tuned.

To learn more about our current vintage, click here.

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