EnRoute Pinot Noir 'Les Pommiers' RRV 2015
Lovely aromas of dark blackberry and Bing cherry are balanced by notes of sage, underbrush, and a touch of forest floor. Tannins and color were abundant in 2015, giving us wines of deep color, firm, yet fine-grained tannins and a rich, juicy mid-palate. The 2015 wines are going to be extremely pleasing upon release, but because of their structure and intensity, will reward anyone who should choose to lay some down for five-ten years or more.
Our Northern Spy Vineyard in Russian River Valley’s Green Valley AVA was an abandoned apple orchard that was groomed specifically for EnRoute. We are thrilled with the quality of the fruit coming from this site, which grows on the region’s famous Goldridge soils. Pommard 5, Mt. Eden, Swan, 2A and Dijon clones 115 and 777 are planted on 101-14 rootstock with 4 x 7 spacing in this vineyard. Our Amber Ridge Vineyard is located on rolling terrain in the upper Middle Reach area of the Russian River Valley. Planted with bilateral vertical trellising, the clonal mix includes Pommard 5, Calera and Dijon clones 115, 667 and 777 using 101-14 rootstock to limit vigor. Manzana Vineyard continues to play an important role in the Les Pommiers blend, with its hillside fruit planted in Green Valley to Dijon clones 114, 115 and Pommard 5.