En Route Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2015
The Nickel family quietly produced Pinot Noir for years under both its Napa-based Nickel & Nickel and Far Niente labels before establishing the EnRoute brand in 2007. After purchasing and replanting a 20-acre apple orchard near Graton in Sonoma County, the family set its sights on acquiring the Amber Ridge vineyard, a source of impressive Pinot Noir bottlings from Kosta Browne and Siduri. This 2013 is their latest release. The name is a nod to the history of apple growing in the area. It's a blend of the family's two vineyards, with additional grapes from Dutton's Manzana Vineyard. The 2013 vintage marked the earliest harvest to date in the history of EnRoute and the weather was nearly perfect for the entirety of harvest. The wine macerated on the skins for 14 days and was aged in 55% new French oak barrels for 11 months. It 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, exhibiting the beautiful silkiness Pinot Noir lovers can't get enough of. The finish is clean, bright and juicy, leaving palates refreshed and wanting more. No reviews yet but it's destined for high praise.