2015 EnRoute Pinot Noir Les Pommiers

Year: 2015
Appellation: Russian River Valley, Sonoma County
Country: USA-California
Wine Spectator: 92
Wine Advocate: 89
Wine Enthusiast: 94
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
Price :


"Plump and juicy, centered on rich plum, cherry and raspberry flavors, all fresh and vibrant, offering depth without weight. Drink now through 2025. 11,500 cases made.–JL " (WS)

"Pale to medium ruby-purple in color, the 2015 Pinot Noir "Les Pommiers" gives up baked cherries, raspberry pie and mulberries notions with touches of Chinese five spice and dusty earth. The palate is medium to full-bodied with plenty of uncomplicated baked red berries flavors supported by soft tannins and just enough freshness, finishing spicy. 11,500 cases produced." (WA)

"Lush and velvety, this is a robust wine, richly layered in baked strawberry and huckleberry flavors. The palate is seasoned in tones of clove, cinnamon and orange, with a vibrant backbone of acidity and taut tannins that keeps it fresh in feel within a powerful context of ripeness." (WE)

Winery Notes:
Vineyard Description:
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.

Harvest Notes:
2015 was the earliest harvest on record for EnRoute, with vineyards being picked 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, our fruit matured quickly, and wonderful ripe flavors began todevelop in early August. By the second week of August we began to see beautiful, mature, berry tannins and fresh red and black fruit flavors. Harvest began in the warmer northern Russian River Valley on August 14 and slowly progressed south, finally finishing in the cool Green Valley AVA a month later.

Sensory Evaluation :
Lovely aromas of blackberry and Bing cherry are balanced by notes of sage, underbrush, and a touch of forest floor. Deep color, firm, yet fine-grained tannins, and a rich, juicy midpalate are hallmarks of the 2015 vintage. Because of this wine’s structure and intensity, setting a few bottles aside in the cellar for five or ten years will reap rewards