Lot #23 ENROUTE WINERY

CONCRETE DIJON

Pinot Noir
  • Amber Ridge Vineyard
  • Russian River Valley

2021
5 CASES

ABOUT THE WINE:

With “Concrete Dijon,” what you see is what you get: Dijon clones from EnRoute’s original single vineyard site, Amber Ridge, fermented in a concrete vessel. But that’s not the whole story. This barrel auction lot had an extended and very cold fermentation process. Cold ferments help retain aromatics, as the warmer a fermentation vessel gets, the more volatile aromatics blow off. Typically, only about 15% of EnRoute wines see concrete fermenters, so it is a unique and small percentage of the wines that see these tanks. The fact that this wine is being exclusively fermented in concrete versus a mix of mediums makes it a “never before, never again” barrel auction lot.

EnRoute was established in 2007 by the partners behind Napa Valley’s iconic Far Niente winery. The name is a nod to the journey they undertook in creating a truly great Californian expression of a varietal that had long intrigued them – Pinot Noir. That journey began in the 1980s in Burgundy and eventually led them to the heart of the Russian River Valley. It’s a journey that continues each vintage in pursuing a sublime expression of this most beguiling varietal.

Situated in the upper Middle Reach area of the northern Russian River Valley, Amber Ridge is a pedigreed vineyard that has brought forth many famous single-vineyard Pinot Noirs. Amber Ridge was the first of several vineyards farmed by EnRoute in the Russian River Valley and typically produces wines that show a distinctive medley of ripe, dark fruit, with earthy cherry, and wild berry notes supported by a dense midpalate. Aromatically, “Concrete Dijon” jumps out of the glass, with high notes of dried rose petals and potpourri.

WINEMAKER(S): Michael Accurso

ESTIMATED BOTTLING DATE: December 2022
ESTIMATED SHIPPING DATE: August 2023

National Distribution: AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, WY, Washington, DC

A winemaker dinner or store visit is offered in your market as part of this lot. Must be scheduled on a mutually agreeable date.