Amazing California Pinot Noir: EnRoute Les Pommiers Russian River Valley

Sunday, March 3, 2019

I first tasted EnRoute Pinot Noir at a tasting that was aimed at shining a spotlight on various single vineyard Napa Cabs from Nickel & Nickel.

While trying to dissect the subtle differences between the Nickel & Nickel Cabs I came across this luscious Pinot Noir that my palate very much preferred. The experience reflects my personal preference in wine over the years:
  1. Outstanding California Pinot Noir has a depth of flavor that Napa Cab does while being lighter in body
  2. Outstanding California Pinot Noir has a flavor profile I prefer, overall, over any other category
  3. On average, I prefer California Pinot Noir over Oregon Pinot Noir

After that tasting, I sought out EnRoute Pinot Noir and discovered something interesting. Although it carries a release price of $60/btl it can be had for much lesss on the east coast.

Two examples:

As of this writing, Total Wine has it for $39.97 and has it for $44.99. Keep in mind, no tax on wine in Massachusetts. And there are regularly ways to buy from at deep discount through Amex Offers, discounted gift cards, and by shopping through a portal.

The net of it is you can buy this wine for less than $30/btl if you've got the patience for navigating deals.

This pricing condition has been in place for some time and while it last I'm a buyer, and I'd encourage you to be as well.

2016 EnRoute Russian River Valey Les Pommiers Pinot Noir
14.5% Alcohol
$60 Release Price

Medium bodied visually for California Pinot Noir with an absolutely gorgeous nose of perfectly ripened strawberries, dusty bramble berries, and a hint of baking spices. Absolutely spot on.

The mouth-feel (silky verging on velvet) and transition from the aromatic experience to the palate is seamless. Satisfying body with just a touch of tannic grip compounds with blackberry flavors on its way to a lingering finish.

94/100 WWP: Oustanding+

I've found this wine to be reliable outstanding in the range of 92-95 points across a number of vintages and it's firmly in my rotation year in and year out.

Although their parent company Nickel & Nickel focuses on Napa Cab they clearly have a skillful hand with Pinot Noir.

This wine is absolutely (and reliably) delicious and I would offer it up as a textbook example of why I love California Pinot Noir.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on it if you have a chance to check it out.


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