EnRoute to Vintage 2021

Established in 2007 by Far Niente, EnRoute is the culmination of a more than 40-year passion for Pinot Noir. As we kick off EnRoute’s fifteenth harvest, we sat down with Winemaker Michael Accurso to get his take on the much-anticipated 2021 vintage.


Q: How are you feeling about the 2021 vintage?

A: "Everyone on the team is so excited to bring this harvest in. Our first Pinot has already come off the vine, and our fruit is incredible across all our Russian River Valley vineyards – juicy and really in balance."

That impeccable balance has long been a marker for EnRoute’s Pinot Noir program, particularly with our flagship Pinot Noir, “Les Pommiers,” which is a blend of our most esteemed Russian River Valley Pinot Noir holdings.


Q: So, when did harvest start for EnRoute this year?

A: "EnRoute launched the harvest season in the Russian River Valley on August 18, starting with our Calera clone, block 5, Pinot Noir from the Amber Ridge vineyard. It has been the front runner for us the past couple years and is following suit this season. The grapes are looking and tasting amazing."

Acquisitions of some of the Russian River Valley’s most pedigreed vineyards have resulted in focused, textured and graceful Pinot Noir wines and 2021 looks to be no different.


Q: Are there any new vineyards being added to the blend this year?

A: “I’m super excited about the quality of our Saxon Priest Vineyard. The old vines there just give us this beautiful, muscular fruit, with dark, concentrated flavors. And our newer blocks are showing spectacular quality this year, with juiciness and great acidity.”

After more than a decade, EnRoute continues to pursue its mission to produce the ultimate Pinot Noir.

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